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GLOBAL MARKETS-S&P 500 edges up, European shares slump amid Evergrande fears, US yields rise
Published at 24/09/2021 at 21:55

(Updates with close of U.S. markets)

* MSCI world share index down after 3 days of gains

* U.S. Treasury yields hit highest in nearly three months

* Nike shares drop after lower sales forecast

* Oil prices rise, Brent up to near three-year high

By Lewis Krauskopf and Tommy Wilkes

NEW YORK/LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Wall Street's S&P 500 posted a slim gain on Friday while major European markets slumped as investors weighed potential fallout from debt-laden China Evergrande and U.S. bond yields pushed higher after hawkish stances from central banks.

MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe shed 0.15% after three days of gains, leaving it little changed for the week.

Concern over whether distress at Evergrande could spill into the broader economy has hovered over markets this week. Evergrande's electric car unit warned it faced an uncertain future unless it got a swift injection of cash, the clearest sign yet that the property developer's liquidity crisis is worsening in other parts of its business.

"For foreign investors, (Evergrande) is still an evolving story," said Anu Gaggar, global investment strategist with Commonwealth Financial Network. "There is a lot of uncertainty which will play out in the next month.”

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 33.18 points, or 0.1%, to 34,798, the S&P 500 gained 6.5 points, or 0.15%, to 4,455.48 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 4.55 points, or 0.03%, to 15,047.70.

Nike Inc shares slumped 6.3% after the sportswear maker cut its fiscal 2022 sales expectations.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index lost 0.90% as weak German business confidence data also weighed.

"Some of the hesitancy in European markets could also be put down to the German elections, which promise to be the most interesting in some time," said Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG.

Investors were also assessing a busy week of central bank meetings around the world, including arguably more hawkish stances from the U.S. Federal Reserve, as well as from policymakers in Britain and Norway.

Yields on benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury notes hit their highest level since July 2. The notes fell 13/32 in price to yield 1.4543%, from 1.41% late on Thursday.

The yields are "breaking out a little bit" and investors are "almost sighing with relief that we are seeing higher rates and the world isn’t falling apart," said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Cresset Capital Management.

The dollar index rose 0.186%, with the euro down 0.14% to $1.172. The Japanese yen weakened 0.39% versus the greenback at 110.75 per dollar.

Oil prices rose, with Brent up to a near three-year high, as global output disruptions have forced energy companies to pull large amounts of crude out of inventories.

U.S. crude settled up 0.9% at $73.98 per barrel and Brent settled at $78.09, up 1.1% on the day.

Spot gold added 0.3% to $1,747.42 an ounce.

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(Additional reporting by Anushka Trivedi, Sruthi Shankar and Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru, Alun John in Hong Kong, Dhara Ranasinghe, Elizabeth Howcroft and Marc Jones in London; Editing by Robert Birsel, Chizu Nomiyama, Andrew Heavens, Dan Grebler and Diane Craft)

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