* Euro gains after tumble caused by ECB policy decisions
* Shared currency tops $1.36
* U.S. stocks touch new highs as Treasuries rally
(Recasts, adds Wall Street record highs and late prices)
By Michael Connor
NEW YORK, June 5 European central bankers
boosted world markets on Thursday by rolling out sub-zero
interest rates and other anti-deflation measures that lifted the
euro, U.S. Treasuries, and equities on both sides of the
The euro, a common currency used by 18 countries that a
month ago traded at a hair under $1.40, initially sank on news
of the European Central Bank's program. But late on Thursday the
euro stood at $1.3662, up 0.50 percent on the day and far from a
four-month low of $1.3504 touched earlier.
The euro is down nearly 0.70 percent so far in 2014 against
the dollar, which was off 0.33 percent on Thursday against the
Japanese yen and 0.50 percent against the British pound
The dollar index, which measures the dollar against a
basket of currencies, was initially up and brushed a high last
seen on Feb. 7 before easing 0.40 percent.
"The ECB is providing stimulus and that will help the global
economy. It's a powerful force in keeping world interest rates
low," said Kathy Jones, fixed income strategist at Charles
Schwab in New York.
In a bid to boost the euro zone economy and avoid Japan-like
deflation, the ECB cut interest rates to record lows, introduced
fees in the form of negative interest rates on overnight
depositors, and offered banks new long-term funds.
Euro zone shares rallied, led by banks and peripheral
indexes, as the ECB policy announcement lifted the German
blue-chip DAX index to an all-time high of 10,013.69,
before it ticked back down to 9,967.01, an overall increase of
0.4 percent on the day.
"This is very positive for equities because implicit in the
announcement is that rates are going to be low for a very long
time," said Manish Singh, head of investment services at
In New York, Wall Street rallied and took the Standard &
Poor's 500 index of top American companies and the Dow to
all-time closing highs.
Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial
average rose 98.58 points, or 0.59 percent, to 16,836.11;
the S&P 500 gained 12.57 points, or 0.65 percent, to
1,940.45. The Nasdaq Composite added 44.59 points, or
1.05 percent, to 4,296.23.
Prices of U.S. Treasury securities fell on the ECB
announcement but recovered, with benchmark 10-year notes
last up 8/32 in price to yield 2.58 percent, the
same as before the ECB decision.
"It probably puts pressure on U.S. rates to the extent that
it's putting pressure on risk-free rates in Europe," said
portfolio manager Chris Diaz at Janus Global Bond Strategy in
(Additional Reporting by Karen Brettell, Rodrigo Campos,
Richard Leong and Daniel Bases in New York; Editing by Chizu
Nomiyama and Meredith Mazzilli)