GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks slip, await CPI, U.S. midterms outcome

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Market focus turns to key U.S. inflation data on Thursday


U.S. Senate control hinges on three races too close to call


Bitcoin tumbles further as FTX deal looks tenuous


Graphic: Global asset performance


Graphic: World FX rates

NEW YORK, Nov 9 (Reuters) - World stocks slid below recent seven-week highs and the dollar rose on Wednesday as investors awaited both the results of the U.S. mid-term elections and key data on consumer prices that could impact the Federal Reserve’s policy on interest rates. Bitcoin, the biggest cryptocurrency by market value, fell 9.81% to $16,730.00 amid concerns about the stability of the sector after a “liquidity crunch” led major exchange FTX into a potential deal with rival Binance.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Binance would likely walk away from the deal, citing a source familiar with the situation.

Stocks in Europe and on Wall Street fell. Neither Democrats or Republicans were likely to gain control of both chambers of Congress, which muddied the outlook for fiscal spending and regulation.

“The market is going to get what it wants: it’s going to get divided government. It means gridlock is the agenda item for the next two years,” said Anthony Saglimbene, chief market strategist at Ameriprise Financial in Troy, Michigan.

“It’s not going to seriously alter spending, but it’s also going to block any material increases in spending,” he said.

Stock markets have tended to perform better under a split government when a Democrat is in the White House.

Average annual S&P 500 returns have been 14% in a split Congress and 13% in a Republican-controlled Congress under a Democratic president, according to data since 1932 analyzed by RBC Capital Markets. That compares with 10% when Democrats controlled both the presidency and Congress.

Asian shares edged up as the election results rolled in overnight. But MSCI’s all-country world index shed 1.41% and the pan-European STOXX 600 index closed down 0.30%.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.6%, the S&P 500 slid 1.74% and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 2.16%.

Walt Disney tumbled 12.54% after the entertainment heavyweight reported more losses from its push into streaming video, while Meta Platforms Inc gained 5.70% after the Facebook parent said it would cut 13% of its workforce.

Investors cheered Meta’s decision to reduce spending, but a weak advertising market for the company points to a difficult economic outlook as the Fed hikes rates to tame high inflation.

Data on the U.S. consumer price index (CPI) is due on Thursday, with economists polled by Reuters forecasting a decline in both the monthly and yearly core numbers for October to 0.5% and 6.5%, respectively.

Many in the market believe the U.S. central bank can reduce its target lending rate if data shows inflation ebbing, but others see it moving “higher for longer” as Fed Chair Jerome Powell indicated last week.

“I take Chairman Powell at his word. He’s been telling markets all along that he needs to raise rates, which suggests to me that there are a number of rate hikes still in the works from the Fed,” said Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors in Boston.

“Clearly investors are hoping that the rate of inflation begins to roll over, and if that does not happen, I do think that causes some additional volatility in markets,” he said.

Federal fund futures show the Fed’s target rate will peak at 5.096% next June, indicating policymakers must hike rates by more than 125 basis points from their current 3.75%-4.0% range.

The euro was lower, down 0.65% to $1.0007, just off the $1.0096 hit overnight, its highest since Sept. 13.

The yen weakened 0.61% versus the dollar at 146.59, after weakening overnight to 145.17, its lowest level against the Japanese currency this month.

The yield on 10-year Treasury notes was up 2.3 basis points to 4.151%.

Oil prices sank after industry data showed U.S. crude stockpiles rose more than expected and on concerns a rebound in COVID-19 cases in top importer China would hurt fuel demand.

U.S. crude futures fell $3.08 to settle at $85.83 a barrel and Brent futures settled down $2.71 to $92.65.

Gold dipped as an uptick in the dollar nudged bullion prices off a more than one-month high.

U.S. gold futures settled 0.1% lower at $1,713.70.

Reporting by Herbert Lash, additional eporting by Dhara Ranasinghe, Nell Mackenzie and Lucy Raitano in London, Ankur Banerjee in Singapore; Editing by Toby Chopra, Bernadette Baum, Deepa Babington and Alex Richardson