GLOBAL MARKETS-Wall St shares rise on U.S. budget deal hopes, yen gains
* Planned White House meeting buoys sentiment * Dollar slips against safe-haven yen, Swiss franc * Brent oil pares losses, U.S. crude turns higher * Treasury markets closed for Columbus Day By Herbert Lash NEW YORK, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Global equity markets rebounded and oil pared losses on Monday on news of efforts by President Barack Obama and leaders in Congress to resolve an impasse over how to extend the U.S. debt ceiling and end a partial government shutdown. The lack of an expected deal over the weekend to avert a looming U.S. debt default as early as Oct. 17 weighed on world equity markets earlier in the day and kept the dollar under pressure. The yen rose as some investors sought safer assets. Obama had planned to meet leaders from the Senate and House of Representatives at 3 p.m. to discuss how to raise the $16.7 trillion federal borrowing limit and end a partial shutdown of the federal government, which began Oct. 1. But the meeting was postponed to allow Senate leaders time to "continue making important progress" on talks over the debt and government shutdown, the White House said. U.S. senators later said they were closing in on a deal that would reopen the government and push back a possible default for several months, though many hurdles remained as the Thursday deadline drew near. "We expect there will be an agreement in the next day or so, but there's a lot of fear," said Ralph Bassett, deputy head of North American equities at Aberdeen Asset Management in Philadelphia. MSCI's world equity index rose 0.24 percent after trading lower by about the same earlier, while the FTSE Eurofirst 300 index of leading European shares closed 0.13 percent higher at 1,252.47 after late-session gains. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 64.15 points, or 0.42 percent, at 15,301.26. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index rose 6.94 points, or 0.41 percent, at 1,710.14. The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 23.40 points, or 0.62 percent, at 3,815.28. U.S. government debt markets were closed because of Columbus Day, a federal holiday. Investors started the day skeptical of a deal that had been expected over the weekend, said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer at Commonwealth Financial in Waltham, Massachusetts. Even if a deal gets done, McMillan said the stand-off had created "justifiable anxiety" and tremendous uncertainty. "We've done more damage both directly to the economy, through the shutdown, and indirectly through postponing decisions and reintroducing uncertainly in the decision processes than anyone appreciates," McMillan said. The earlier cautious mood was reflected in the neutral reaction to news that factory output in the euro zone grew at its strongest pace in two years in August. The dollar, as it has since the budgetary crisis, bore the brunt of the early nervousness but pared losses on news of the White House meeting. It was 0.03 percent lower against the safer option of the yen, trading at around 98.53 yen. The greenback also slipped against the Swiss franc, falling 0.24 percent at 0.9100 francs, while the euro rose 0.16 percent to $1.3563. Adding to market worries, China said exports dropped 0.3 percent in September from a year earlier against expectations of a 6 percent rise, while the annual inflation rate hit a seven-month high of 3.1 percent, limiting the scope for rate cuts. The decline in exports from the world's second-largest economy raised questions over the global recovery, which was highlighted last week when the International Monetary Fund trimmed its forecast to the lowest since the global recession in 2009. Brent crude hovered around $111 a barrel, while copper rose 0.76 percent to close at $7,255.00 a tonne as strong imports of the metal from top consumer China boosted optimism about the outlook for demand. U.S. oil prices rebounded as traders covered short positions in the event U.S. politicians reach a deal to fund the government and avert a debt default. "We're trading back and forth on the changing perceptions of what is happening in D.C. at this point," said Gene McGillian, oil analyst with Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut. "You saw some short-covering on the latest news that the Senate will have a plan. Nobody wants to be exposed if something should change," McGillian said. Brent crude futures fell 24 cents to settle at $111.04. U.S. oil rose 39 cents to settle at $102.41. German government bond yields held near three-week highs as debt markets in Europe remained confident the United States would resolve its fiscal stalemate. Safe-haven German Bund futures closed 4 ticks down at 139.75, while 10-year cash yields were flat at 1.86 percent.
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