September 27, 2016 / 12:23 AM / 3 years ago

Global stocks gain after U.S. presidential debate; oil drops

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stock prices across major markets rose on Tuesday, led by U.S. technology and consumer sectors following the presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, while oil prices fell on fading hopes of agreement on limiting production.

A firmer dollar in the aftermath of the first Clinton-Trump debate helped send gold prices lower.

Some investors deemed Democrat Clinton to have won the debate against Republican rival Trump.

“From a market perspective, rightly or wrongly, there is an understanding that Mrs. Clinton would be a safe pair of hands, that there’s very little uncertainty there,” said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer for Commonwealth Financial in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Anxiety about the future of Deutsche Bank curtailed Wall Street’s advance and kept European equity markets little changed.

U.S. and German government bond yields fell on safe-haven demand amid worries about Deutsche Bank and weaker oil prices. Investors have fretted over Germany’s largest lender in the wake of a massive $14-billion demand from the U.S. Department of Justice to settle claims on bad mortgage-backed securities.

U.S. consumer stocks were bolstered after a report showed consumer confidence rose to its strongest in nine years in September.

The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI rose 133.47 points, or 0.74 percent, to 18,228.30, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 13.83 points, or 0.64 percent, to 2,159.93 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 48.22 points, or 0.92 percent, to 5,305.71.

Overseas equity markets initially rose as betting markets suggested Democrat Clinton won the first debate over Republican Trump on Monday, supporting the view of no radical changes in U.S. policies on the domestic economy, international trade and foreign policy.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 27, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Then Deutsche Bank shares (DBKGn.DE) dropped to another record low at 10.18 euros, leading to a reversal in European stocks that spread to selling in other regions.

Deutsche shares recovered following remarks from a Justice Department official on the possibility of lower mortgage-related penalties for banks if they cooperate with authorities.

Europe's broad FTSEurofirst 300 index .FTEU3 eked out a 0.06 percent gain at 1,339.11.

The MSCI world equity index .MIWD00000PUS, which tracks shares in 45 nations, rose 0.4 percent to 417.86.

The U.S. 10-year Treasury note US10YT=RR yield decreased 3 basis points to 1.558 percent, its lowest level in over two weeks, while the German two-year yield DE2YT=RR reached a near record low of -0.717 percent, according to Reuters data.


Oil prices gave back most of Monday’s gains on fizzling hopes of an agreement to freeze output as the world’s largest producers gathered in Algeria to discuss ways to tackle a glut that has battered prices for two years.

Brent crude LCOc1 ended down $1.38, or 2.91 percent, at $45.97 a barrel, while U.S. crude CLc1 settled $1.26, or 2.74 percent, lower at $44.67 per barrel.

It was too early to determine whether Monday’s presidential debate will result in sizable changes among American voters for either Clinton or Trump in the Nov. 8th election, but the dollar, together with the Mexican peso and other higher-yielding currencies, enjoyed a bump.

Traders work at their desks in front of the German share price index, DAX board, at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Staff/Remote

The dollar index .DXY was up 0.15 percent at 95.442, while the Mexican peso MXN=D2 gained 2.3 percent at 19.435 peso per U.S. dollar.

Mexico’s currency had hovered near an all-time low at 19.735 pesos since last week on fears that a Trump presidency would threaten Mexico’s exports to the United States, its single biggest market.

Spot gold prices XAU= fell $10.50 or 0.79 percent, to $1,327.06 an ounce.

Additional reporting by Noel Randewich in San Francisco Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Marc Jones in London; Wayne Cole in Sydney; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Dan Grebler

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