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Wall Street mixed after record highs

17 September 2017, 11:17 | Kelvin Horton

NEW YORK, Sept 15 (Reuters) - A gauge of global equities rose and shares on Wall Street set new highs on Friday as investors shrugged off the latest missile test by North Korea, while the dollar eased on unexpected weak economic data that dimmed the likelihood for a USA rate hike. The Nasdaq composite increased 19 points, or 0.3 percent, to 6,448.

The S&P 500 also notched record highs, advancing 0.2% to finish at 2,500.23.

SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) traded up 0.26% during trading on Friday, reaching $222.45. Oil ended near $50 a barrel to cap its best week since July.

The U.S. Treasury will sell $42 billion of three-month bills and $36 billion of six-month bills Monday.

Asian stocks were mostly lower Friday after North Korea fired off another missile over Japan, ratcheting up geopolitical tensions and denting investor sentiment.

Graphics chipmaker Nvidia (NVDA) posted a standout gain after Evercore ISI raised its price target on the company's stock to $250 from $180. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 64.86 points, or 0.3 percent, to 22,268.34, its fourth record close in a row.


Meanwhile, the technology-driven Nasdaq Composite Index (NYSEARCA:DIA) added 0.3% to 6,448.37. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 6.69 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,431.71. Core CPI rose 1.7% from a year ago, while the headline number increased by 1.9%. US retail sales unexpectedly fell in August, dropping 0.2% in their second decline of the past three months. The biggest contributions to the gains were made by stocks in Boeing, 3M and Apple. The Federal Reserve said the weather and flooding was responsible for nearly all of the loss.

Rick Rieder, the chief investment officer for BlackRock's global fixed income business, said retail sales and inflation have been weak because technological changes keep reducing the prices of clothes, food, travel, and phone plans. Higher interest rates make borrowing more expensive and slow down economic growth.

Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.9 percent while the French CAC 40 rose 0.1 percent and Germany's DAX fell 0.2 percent. Subsequently, the yield on the benchmark ten-year note, which moves opposite of its price, inched up by less than a basis point to 2.202 percent.

Wholesale gasoline rose 3 cents to $1.66 a gallon.

South Korea's Kospi index closed 0.4% higher, bouncing back from an earlier drop, as Asian markets overall finished mixed.



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