* Oil prices jump, extend OPEC cut-related advance
* Dollar index slips as euro, pound gain
* Tech shares weigh down Wall Street
(Updates prices, changes comments, dateline; previous LONDON)
By Rodrigo Campos
NEW YORK, Dec 1 Brent crude futures surged to a
16-month high on Thursday on the heels of OPEC's agreement a day
earlier to cut output, while Treasury yields continued to climb
following the weakest monthly performance for global bonds in
almost 13 years.
The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yield jumped to its
highest since July 2015 to start the month, after Bank of
America Merrill Lynch's Global Broad Market Index fell 1.76
percent in November. That was its steepest monthly percentage
drop since a 2.06 percent fall in July 2003.
Bets on faster inflation in the United States, on the back
of higher oil prices and the expected policies of the incoming
Trump administration, have sent Treasury yields soaring.
"You're seeing the market pricing in higher inflation in the
near term," said Gennadiy Goldberg, interest rate strategist at
TD Securities in New York.
The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield hit a session
high at 2.468 percent. Benchmark 10-year notes last
fell 26/32 in price to yield 2.4608 percent.
Yields were also pressured higher after data showed U.S.
factory activity accelerated to a five-month high in November
amid a pickup in new orders and production. That offered more
evidence that the economy gained further momentum early in the
The dollar index, which closed its second consecutive
month of gains above 3 percent, slipped 0.32 percent. The
British pound strengthened against the greenback for the
seventh time in nine sessions.
The euro rose 0.43 percent to $1.0631.
On Wall Street, declines in technology shares weighed on the
Nasdaq Composite index but the benchmark S&P 500 was little
changed and not far from a record intraday high set Wednesday.
"What you are seeing is people moving out of names that have
been winners in the past couple of years and from companies that
have predictable growth such as Facebook, Alphabet and Apple,"
said Michael Scanlon, managing director of Manulife Asset
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 69.31 points,
or 0.36 percent, to 19,192.89, the S&P 500 lost 2.47
points, or 0.11 percent, to 2,196.34 and the Nasdaq Composite
dropped 52.83 points, or 0.99 percent, to 5,270.85.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index fell 0.69
percent, while MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe
fell 0.04 percent.
Emerging market stocks fell 0.3 percent.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries on
Wednesday agreed to its first output cut since 2008, finally
taking action after global oil prices fell by more than half
over the last two years.
Non-OPEC member Russia will also join output reductions for
the first time in 15 years.
U.S. crude last rose 4.5 percent to $51.66 a barrel
and Brent traded at $54.39, up 4.9 percent on the day.
Spot gold sank to its lowest in nearly 10 months.
(Reporting by Rodrigo Campos, additional reporting by
Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bangalore and Richard Leong and Sam
Forgione in New York; Editing by Bernadette Baum)