Wall Street stocks notch fresh records as dollar gains

Stocks investors are taking a breather (AFP Photo/MOHD RASFAN)

Wall Street stocks streaked to fresh records on Friday, propelled by continued positive sentiment on trade and solid US economic data.

Stock markets elsewhere were mixed, while the dollar gained and oil prices slipped on profit taking after six straight gains.

"Once you get to a new high, it doesn't take much to get to another one," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at National Securities, who described investors as "content."

"Tariffs are probably peaked out and we'll probably see fewer tariffs in 2020," Hogan said, citing last week's US-China announcement that called off new tariffs.

Investors are also more confident than earlier in the year that the United States will avert a recession following a stream of mostly solid economic data.

Official figures released Friday confirmed third-quarter US growth at 2.1 percent.

Meanwhile, the dollar, which has retreated somewhat in recent months, advanced against major currencies, bolstered by strong US personal income and consumer confidence data, as well as the stock market records.

Still, BK Asset Management's Kathy Lien warned the greenback could be vulnerable.

"The US economy is not improving as fast as everyone hopes, the central bank has no plans to tighten, although the chance of further easing is slim as well," Lien said.

"We don't expect any significant positive headlines over the next 2 weeks which means that the risk for the dollar is still to the downside although consolidation is the most likely."

Bourses in Paris, Frankfurt and London also rose.

Asian equities traded mixed with investors awaiting fresh catalysts to drive business. But with the China-US trade deal agreed and Christmas approaching many are in wind-down mode.

Among individual companies, Boeing continued to weigh on the Dow, falling 1.7 percent as its Starliner space mission failed to achieve its objective of docking with the International Space Station.

Officials said the autonomously flown capsule experienced a glitch involving its onboard clock that led it to burn too much propellant, forcing an early return to Earth on Sunday morning.

The setback comes as the aviation giant continues to face questions over the 737 MAX, which has been grounded since March following two deadly crashes.

On Friday, United Airlines again extended its timeframe for keeping the plane off-line, this time through June 4, 2020.

- Key figures around 2140 GMT -

New York - Dow: UP 0.4 percent at 28,455.09 (close)

New York - S&P 500: UP 0.5 percent at 3,221.22 (close)

New York - Nasdaq: UP 0.4 percent at 8,924.96 (close)

London - FTSE 100: UP 0.1 percent at 7,582.48 (close)

Frankfurt - DAX 30: UP 0.8 percent at 13,318.90 (close)

Paris - CAC 40: UP 0.8 percent at 6,021.53 (close)

EURO STOXX 50: UP 1.0 percent at 3,776.56 (close)

Tokyo - Nikkei 225: DOWN 0.2 percent at 23,816.63 (close)

Hong Kong - Hang Seng: UP 0.3 percent at 27,871.35 (close)

Shanghai - Composite: DOWN 0.4 percent at 3,004.94 (close)

Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.3000 from $1.3009 at 2200 GMT

Euro/pound: DOWN at 85.20 pence from 85.49 pence

Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.1074 from $1.1122

Dollar/yen: UP at 109.47 yen from 109.37 yen

Brent North Sea crude: DOWN 0.6 percent at $66.14 per barrel

West Texas Intermediate: DOWN 1.2 percent at $60.44 per barrel

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