World stocks subdued, dollar firm as U.S. job’s bounce fades

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A gauge of global stocks hit a two-month high on Monday, as gains for technology and industrial shares fueled a rise on Wall Street, while the U.S. dollar gained for a third straight session against a basket of currencies and U.S. Treasury yields rose.

Oil prices pulled back after reaching their highest levels in roughly two months.

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MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe gained 0.33 percent, reaching a fresh two-month high.

Investors were parsing the significance for financial markets from Friday’s strong U.S. jobs report, which came on the heels of the Federal Reserve saying it would be patient on future rate hikes amid a cloudy outlook for the U.S. economy.

“Investors are realizing that the Fed is at least going to be friendly here in the near term,” said Bucky Hellwig, senior vice president at BB&T Wealth Management in Birmingham, Alabama.

“Some of these things that were weighing as negatives… namely a tighter Fed, lack of progress on the tariffs, those things are starting to improve or have improved, and as a result there are more reasons to be investing in stocks,” Hellwig said.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 175.48 points, or 0.7 percent, to 25,239.37, the S&P 500 gained 18.34 points, or 0.68 percent, to 2,724.87 and the Nasdaq Composite added 83.67 points, or 1.15 percent, to 7,347.54.

Technology and industrials were the biggest risers among the S&P 500 sectors, as investors braced for another big week of fourth-quarter corporate earnings reports.

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