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* Wall Street slips as tech sell-off resumes
* Yen, yuan shine as pressure returns to USD
* Graphic: 2020 asset performance http://tmsnrt.rs/2yaDPgn
NEW YORK, Sept 18 (Reuters) - U.S. and European equities
slid on Friday as investors sought direction after this week's
Federal Reserve meeting and a jump in coronavirus cases rattled
sentiment, while gold rose and safe-haven buying lifted the
The dollar was on track for its fifth straight day of
declines against the yen as Japan's monetary policy of yield
curve control pushes up real interest rates.
U.S. technology-related stocks reversed early gains on Wall
Street to extend their decline to a third day. Apple Inc
, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc and
Alphabet Inc, which have led Wall Street to rally from
the pandemic-induced slump in March, led equities lower.
A decision by the administration of President Donald Trump
to ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores
starting Sunday night raised concerns about a new front in the
ongoing China-U.S. political tensions.
"The diplomatic tug of war is not being resolved," said
Boris Schlossberg, managing director of FX strategy at BK Asset
Management. "The tensions are heightening rather than easing.
That's not something the market likes to see."
The Japanese yen strengthened 0.29% versus the
greenback at 104.43 per dollar, after earlier gaining to 104.270
- its strongest level against the U.S. currency since July 31.
The dollar index fell 0.052%, with the euro up
0.08% to $1.1856.
Worries about rising coronavirus cases and a patchy economic
recovery subdued risk sentiment in equity markets.
France registered a record 10,593 new coronavirus cases on
Thursday, the highest single-day count since the pandemic began,
while talks of a second lockdown were making the rounds in
Britain with hospital admissions doubling every eight days.
MSCI's benchmark for global equity markets
fell 0.15% to 569.29, while in Europe, the broad FTSEurofirst
300 index closed down 0.45%.
A resurgence in coronavirus cases is the biggest threat to
the recovering euro zone economy, a Reuters poll of economists
shows, as growth and inflation are more likely to cause negative
surprises over the coming year than positive ones.
Around 30 million people have been infected by the virus
globally, and more than 900,000 have died, triggering some of
the deepest recessions on record and breaking up supply chains
around the world.
Investors ignored a report that showed U.S. consumer
sentiment increased in early September, with Democrats more
upbeat about the economy's outlook compared with Republicans
ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose
0.03%, the S&P 500 lost 0.37% and the Nasdaq Composite
No major economic data was expected until the release of
September's unemployment report on Oct. 2, leaving investors
without a compass.
U.S. Treasury yields were little changed near the middle of
recent trading ranges as government-bond investors once again
took their cue from equity markets.
The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note traded
Euro zone government bond yields also traded little changed
as expectations of more central bank policy easing coupled with
concerns about the economic recovery underpinned sentiment.
Safe-haven German 10-year bond yields were up
0.3 basis point at -0.488%.
Investors piled into emerging markets assets, with an index
of developing countries' currencies poised for its biggest
weekly gain since early June as developing country debt funds
enjoyed their eleventh straight week of inflows.
Copper touched its highest in more than two years as
speculators extended their buying spree on the economic recovery
in top metals consumer China while the dollar weakened.
China has been a major beneficiary of investment flows as
the country is the most attractive market for asset managers
with cash to allocate, according to fund flow tracker EPFR.
Stocks overnight in China made their strongest gains in
three weeks, with the CSI300 index adding 2.2%, led by
Gold prices gained, buoyed by a weaker dollar and concerns
over the economic recovery that were underscored on Thursday by
the elevated weekly U.S. jobless claims data.
Spot gold prices rose 0.51% to $1,952.53 an ounce.
Oil prices edged higher, bolstered by bullish signals from a
meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
this week. But gains were limited after a Libyan commander said
a blockade on Libya's oil exports would be lifted for a month.
Brent crude futures fell $0.01 to $43.29 a barrel.
U.S. crude futures gained $0.24, to $41.21 a barrel.
(Reporting by Herbert Lash; additional reporting by Sinead
Carew in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler)