* Stocks rebound in choppy trade after Fed minutes
* Gold, bonds rally
* U.S. consumer confidence, home sales data bearish
* Euro down on fresh Greece woes
By Barani Krishnan
NEW YORK, Aug 30 Gold and bonds surged on
Tuesday and U.S. stocks rebounded in choppy trade as a recovery
in risk appetite among some investors was countered by bearish
U.S. consumer confidence hit a two-year low in August and
prices of single-family homes dipped in June from May as the
U.S. housing market continued to crawl along at depressed
levels, data showed on Tuesday. [ID:nN1E77T08F]
Stocks on Wall Street initially fell as much as 1 percent.
Gold jumped 2 percent and U.S. Treasuries hit session peaks as
investors piled into safe-havens due to worries about the
Minutes from a Federal Reserve meeting this month, also
released on Tuesday, showed the central bank had considered a
range of actions to help a struggling economy, including the
unprecedented step of tying the interest rate policy outlook to
a specific unemployment level. [ID:nW1E7IR01J]
By mid-afternoon, the stock market had eased part of its
early loss, helped somewhat by the previous session's rally and
the premise that the market may have been oversold through most
of this month. Despite a weekend hurricane in the New York City
region that hampered commuting, the S&P 500 index of U.S.
stocks closed up more than 2 percent on Monday.
Thin volume also resulted in a lack of committed sellers.
"It looks like we're having some follow-through to
yesterday's move, which is an indication things have gotten
overdone in the past month. People are reassessing and seeing
some value," said John Derrick, director of research with U.S.
Global Investors in San Antonio, Texas.
By 2:20 p.m. EDT (1820 GMT), the Dow Jones industrial
average .DJI was up 19.79 points, or 0.17 percent, at
11,559.04. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index .SPX was up 1.62
points, or 0.13 percent, at 1,211.70. The Nasdaq Composite
Index .IXIC was up 10.48 points, or 0.41 percent, at
GOLD, BONDS SHINE; EURO DOWN
Spot gold XAU=, which tracks trading in bullion, was up 2
percent, reaching nearly $1,833 an ounce.
"The market is certainly pretty nervy as are most markets
right now, so in the context of what's been happening in the
last few days, I'm not surprised to see that kind of move,"
said Credit Suisse precious metals analyst Tom Kendall.
Bullion is up nearly 30 percent on the year. One of the
cornerstones of its rally over the last eight months has been
the Fed's ultra-loose monetary policy, which included a pledge
to leave rates near zero until 2012 after a $600 billion
bond-buying program that expired in June. [GOL/]
Benchmark 10-year Treasury notes US10YT=RR touched a
session high of 99-21/32, up 28/32 from late Monday, after the
consumer confidence data. By 1822 GMT, the 10-year note was up
24/32, with the yield at 2.1776 percent.
Analysts said the Fed's Aug. 9 meeting minutes, due for
release Tuesday; a planned speech next week by Fed Chairman Ben
Bernanke and developments in euro zone debt will all be closely
watched by investors losing faith in the global economy's
ability to stave off another slowdown.
The euro was down 0.6 percent at $1.4420 EUR=, retreating
from a two-month high of $1.4550 on Monday.
Peripheral debt worries continued to haunt the euro zone.
Reuters on Monday reported detailed proposals put forward by
Finland regarding its demand for collateral in return for
providing more aid to Greece. [ID:nB5E7JM00M]
Finland's demands for collateral have sparked requests from
countries including Austria, the Netherlands, Slovenia and
Slovakia for similar treatment and could jeopardize euro zone
attempts to save Athens from default.
"We're getting a bit of noise about what the euro zone is
up to, what it's not up to and what it should be up to," said
Geoffrey Yu, currency strategist at UBS.
"It's getting so convoluted, all the demands from smaller
states like Finland, Austria, Slovakia ... If this is going to
be the case for a while to come, people are going to be
concerned that the crisis is going to drag on."
(Additional reporting by Amanda Cooper, Anirban Nag, Atul
Prakash and Naomi Tajitsu in London; Editing by Dan Grebler and