* Risk appetite rises on cooperation with Ukraine
* S&P 500 sets new intraday high, European shares surge
* Dollar gains as euro sinks to eight-month low
(Adds close of U.S. markets)
By Herbert Lash
NEW YORK, July 22 Global equity markets and the
dollar rode a rebound in risk appetite on Tuesday that lifted
the S&P 500 to a record high on signs of cooperation from
Ukraine's pro-Russian separatists over last week's downing of a
Solid earnings and benign U.S. inflation in June also
supported stocks on views that the U.S. Federal Reserve will
maintain a slow path to paring its bond purchase program and
will begin to raise interest rates only in the latter half of
After days of uncertainty, a train carrying the remains of
some of the almost 300 airliner victims arrived in Ukrainian
government territory and separatist leaders gave Malaysian
authorities the aircraft's flight recorders.
The news helped settle market nerves, lifting shares in
Asia, Europe and then on Wall Street, while weakening safe-haven
assets like the yen, gold and government bonds, which have been
in demand over the past week.
MSCI's all-country equity index rose 0.68
percent, while the FTSEurofirst 300 index of leading
European shares climbed 1.32 percent to close at 1,373.75. All
major European bourses closed up 1 percent or more.
The benchmark S&P 500 set a record intraday high, though
gains on Wall Street were not as strong as the rally in Europe.
The S&P 500 closed a point under its closing record of July 3.
The Dow Jones industrial average ended up 61.81
points or 0.36 percent, at 17,113.54. The S&P 500 gained
9.9 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,983.53 and the Nasdaq Composite
added 31.313 points, or 0.71 percent, to 4,456.016.
Second-quarter earnings in general pointed to a market that
still has room to rise.
"So far earnings have been pretty robust, better than a lot
of people were looking for," said William Greiner, chief
investment officer at Mariner Wealth Advisors in Leawood,
While tensions remained high as Israel pounded targets
across the Gaza Strip, saying no ceasefire was near, the
fighting was viewed as no worse than on previous days.
"Things have not worsened," said Tom di Galoma, head of
fixed income rates and credit trading at ED&F Man in New York.
"Equity markets globally were fairly robust, starting with Asia,
Europe, and now Wall Street."
The euro fell to an eight-month low against the greenback,
breaking below its key support of $1.35, largely on expectations
the European Central Bank would provide more stimulus in the
coming months, lowering regional interest rates.
The single currency also hit a 5-1/2-month low versus the
The euro lost 0.4 percent against the dollar to trade
at $1.3469. Against the yen, the dollar rose 0.04 percent
The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note
rebounded slightly, up 3/32 in price to yield 2.4637 percent.
Brent crude for September delivery fell 35 cents to
settle at $107.33 a barrel, while U.S. oil for August delivery
slid 17 cents to settle at $104.42 a barrel. The U.S.
August contract expires on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Herbert Lash; Additional reporting by Marc Jones
in London; Editing by Dan Grebler and Meredith Mazzilli)