Global stocks, dollar rise; investors eye earnings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks rallied on Tuesday as investors looked past U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric and focussed on encouraging economic data and quarterly earnings reports.

A Snapchat sign hangs on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The U.S. dollar firmed against the yen and euro after losses in the wake of Trump’s inaugural speech promising more trade protectionism, while U.S. Treasury yields recovered from Monday’s slide.

MSCI's world index .MIWD00000PUS, which tracks shares in 46 countries, was up 0.53 percent, helped by signs of a revival of economic activity around the world.

Japanese manufacturing showed the fastest expansion in almost three years and a 5-1/2-year peak in French business activity provided the latest proof of a nascent euro zone recovery.

U.S. stocks recovered strongly after Monday’s dip and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq set record highs in a broad rally led by gains in financial and technology stocks.

The advance comes as investors assess quarterly earnings reports while seeking clarity on Trump’s economic policies.

Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday to move forward with construction of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, rolling back Obama administration environmental actions in favour of expanding energy infrastructure.

He also met with chief executives of the Big Three U.S. automakers to push for more cars to be built in the United States.

“He is coming out of the gate strong and he is doing a lot of the things he said he would,” said Joe Saluzzi, co-manager of trading at Themis Trading in Chatham, New Jersey.

“On top of that, earnings aren’t a disaster so far, so why not - you’ve been stuck in a range and why not lift off to the next level?”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 112.86 points, or 0.57 percent, to close at 19,912.71, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 14.87 points, or 0.66 percent, to 2,280.07 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 48.01 points, or 0.86 percent, to 5,600.96.

IBM IBM.N, up 2.8 percent, and Intel INTC.O, up 2.3 percent, were among the top boosts to the S&P 500.

Yahoo YHOO.O rose 3.5 percent after the company reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue and said the sale of its core internet business to Verizon VZ.N should be completed in the second quarter.

European earnings season got off to a rocky start with profit warnings from BT Group BT.L and Aryzta ARYN.S sending their shares sharply lower, but the weakness was offset by gains in Italian financials and mining stocks.

Europe's broad FTSEurofirst 300 index .FTEU3 closed up 0.27 percent at 1,429.32.

The U.S. dollar rebounded against the yen JPY= and euro EUR=, paring recent losses related to the change in U.S. leadership, as bargain hunters stepped in and bought back the currency still viewed as having the best economic outlook in the developed world.

The dollar index .DXY, which measures the greenback against six major rivals, was up 0.12 to 100.28.

The stronger dollar weighed on gold prices, which slipped from a two-month peak. Spot gold XAU= was down 0.68 percent to $1,209.11 an ounce.

U.S. Treasury debt yields rose as investors snapped up equities on improved outlook on corporate profits, trimming their safe-haven demand for bonds spurred by Trump’s protectionist trade stance.

The U.S. 10-year note US10YT=RR was down 16/32 in price to yield 2.460 percent, up from a yield of 2.401 percent late on Monday.

Oil prices climbed ahead of weekly U.S. inventory data on evidence the global market is tightening as lower production by OPEC and other exporters drains stocks.

Brent crude LCOc1 settled up 21 cents, or 0.38 percent, at $55.44 a barrel, and U.S. crude CLc1 settled up 43 cents, or 0.82 percent, at $53.18.

Reporting by Saqib Iqbal Ahmed; Additional reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss and Chuck Mikolajczak in New York; Editing by Nick Zieminski and James Dalgleish