* Shares fall, dollar up
* Investors nervous ahead of U.S. jobs data
* Weak euro zone manufacturing survey further hits sentiment
By Francesco Canepa
LONDON, Aug 1 Global shares fell on Friday and
the euro eased against the dollar, hit by weak euro zone
manufacturing data and nerves ahead of a key U.S. jobs report.
While encouraging for the global economy at large, strong
U.S. employment data would strengthen the case for an early
interest rate hike by the Fed, whose monetary largesse has
helped fuel a 45 percent rally in global stocks over the past
"I still think good data is good for the stock market in the
long term because it means the global recovery is still on
track," Farhan Ahmad, a trader at Tradenext, said. "Short term,
however, we may see some reverberation in the stock market and
some further weakening."
The MSCI All-Country World index was down
0.5 percent, while the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index
fell 1.1 percent, also weighed down by some downbeat
corporate updates and manufacturing data.
The MSCI All-Country World recorded its steepest monthly
loss since February last month, falling 1.3 percent on the back
of concerns about a Fed rate hike after strong U.S. GDP and
labour costs data earlier this week, as well as geopolitical
tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East.
The threat of a conflict between Vladimir Putin's Russia and
Ukraine were starting to affect the euro zone economy, with the
bloc's manufacturing growth easing in July, a survey showed on
"The slowdown from the confidence peak earlier this year is
noticeable," Christian Schulz, senior economist at Berenberg
Bank in London. "Especially in Germany, it reflects the Putin
factor, which has aggravated the problems of an already troubled
The euro fell for a fourth straight session against
the dollar to trade at $1.3383.
The greenback hovered around 10-month highs against a
basket of currency, on track to record a third strong week.
The cautious mood was also felt in the bond market, where
yields on the riskier Spanish and Italian bonds
Greek bond yields, however, slipped as investors anticipated
a credit ratings upgrade from Moody's later in the day
Copper prices were caught in the slipstream of other
asset classes and gave away early gains, which had been fuelled
by better-than-expected Chinese factory data.
Gold held near a six-week low and was on track for a
third straight weekly loss as the prospect of a tighter monetary
policy dented appetite for the yellow metal, traditionally seen
as an inflation hedge.
Brent crude held near $106 a barrel as ample supply
continued to drag on prices a day after the benchmark posted its
worst monthly performance since April 2013.
(Reporting By Francesco Canepa; Editing by Toby Chopra)