* Wall St extends gains for third day; S&P up more than 1
* Fed bond buying could be more aggressive than new timeline
* Precious metals rebound, oil extends gains
By Angela Moon
NEW YORK, June 27 World equity markets and bonds
rose on Thursday, showing further signs of stabilizing from a
dramatic selloff as investors' view strengthened that major
central banks' monetary stimulus measures would stay in place
for the time being.
Wall Street opened higher, with the S&P 500 rising more than
1 percent in early trade after a Federal Reserve official
reiterated that any change in monetary policy will depend on
Although U.S. economic data showed improvements in the
housing sector and consumer spending, the number of Americans
filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell only slightly
last week - down 9,000 to 346,000, against an expected fall to
345,000 - in line with the recent moderate pace of jobs growth.
"I don't think we have seen the end of the economic crisis
by a long shot. The improvement in the U.S. jobs market is only
partial and that is lending support to the gold price," Sharps
Pixley Chief Executive Ross Norman said.
Spot gold was up 0.6 percent to $1,232 an ounce after
a 4 percent fall on Wednesday took the metal to its lowest since
August 2010, at $1,221.80.
U.S. Treasuries prices gained on Thursday as bond markets
showed more signs of stabilizing. Treasuries have held a firmer
tone this week after being roiled last week when Fed Chairman
Ben Bernanke said the U.S. central bank is likely to pare its
bond purchase program later this year if the economy continues
Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley
stressed in a speech that the newly adopted timeline for
reducing the pace of bond buying depends not on calendar dates
but on the economic outlook, which remains quite unclear.
"The Fed has made efforts to talk the market back from those
assumptions" that it is likely to start paring its bond
purchases in September, said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond
strategist at CRT Capital Group in Stamford, Connecticut.
Benchmark 10-year Treasuries were last up 10/32,
the yield at 2.5 percent, after earlier trading as low as 2.47
European shares extended gains, rising more than 1
percent and building on the 3.2 percent recovery of the past two
days after dropping 11 percent last week.
MSCI's world share index rose 1.2 percent to
its highest level in a week before slipping slightly.
In U.S. trading, the Dow Jones industrial average was
up 120.88 points, or 0.81 percent, at 15,031.02. The Standard &
Poor's 500 Index was up 12.17 points, or 0.76 percent, at
1,615.43. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 27.89
points, or 0.83 percent, at 3,404.12.
The benchmark S&P 500 had dropped as much as 4.8
percent in the days following a June 19 statement from the
Federal Reserve. But it has rebounded to climb 1.9 percent over
the past two sessions as economic data and comments from Fed
officials quelled fears of an earlier-than-expected pullback of
Brent crude oil rose for a fourth session to above
$102 a barrel and was on track for its longest stretch of daily
gains since mid-March. U.S. crude was up $1.44 at $96.44.
The dollar was last at 98.36 yen, up 0.6 percent, after
climbing as high as 98.45 yen. The euro was last at
$1.3019, up 0.1 percent, after falling as low as $1.3007.
The session low was touched earlier at $1.3002.
With the yield on benchmark 10-year U.S. government debt
appearing to have stabilized at around 2.5 percent, euro zone
bonds from Germany to Greece were able to claw back some of the
ground lost during the recent global selloff.
Reflecting the recent rise in yields generally over the last
few weeks, Italy paid its highest rate since March at a 5
billion euro auction of 10- and 5- year debt. But healthy demand
boosted its bonds to top the list of periphery performers.
Markets also focused on a deal hammered out by European
authorities overnight designed to shift the burden of paying for
bank bailouts away from taxpayers, although economists' opinions
on the deal were mixed.