Brocker.Org: Traders seek out security on rising US tensions with Russia, Syria, North Korea – Reuters


By Sinead Carew

NEW YORK Traders sought shelter in gold, U.S. Treasuries and the yen on Tuesday as tensions rose between the United States and Russia, in addition to anxieties about U.S. relations with Syria and North Korea.

U.S. Secretary of Point out Rex Tillerson carried a message from world powers to Moscow on Tuesday denouncing Russian guidance for Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Legal rights said Syrian warplanes dropped barrel bombs on rebel-held regions a working day after the United States said their use could direct to more U.S. strikes in Syria. Syria denied the attack.

Also, North Korean state media warned of a nuclear attack on the United States at any indicator of American aggression as a U.S. Navy strike group steamed toward the western Pacific.

The United States and other countries blamed Syria’s Assad for a lethal fuel attack final week and U.S. President Donald Trump responded by firing cruise missiles at a Syrian air foundation when Russian President Vladimir Putin has stood by Assad.

“The most keen aim right now is on Syria and Russia,” said Alan Gayle, senior investment decision strategist at RidgeWorth Investments in Atlanta, Georgia.

“The current market is nevertheless waiting for tangible evidence of economic and company revenue power but they are not likely to get that for a further working day or two. Though they hold out for that direct information, these geopolitical headlines are taking middle phase.”

The U.S. governing administration credit card debt current market rallied, with the thirty-yr generate touching close to three-month lows as contemporary worries about the French presidential election and attainable U.S. navy motion from Syria and North Korea spurred harmless-haven need.

U.S. benchmark ten-yr Treasury yields US10YT=RR fell six basis details to two.302 p.c. The thirty-yr bond generate US30YT=RR was down extra than five basis details at two.931 p.c after touching two.925 p.c, which was the most affordable since Jan. seventeen.

Shares pulled perfectly back from their session lows but had been nevertheless down for the working day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell six.seventy two details, or .03 p.c, to 20,651.three, the S&P five hundred .SPX misplaced three.38 details, or .fourteen p.c, to two,353.seventy eight and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped fourteen.fifteen details, or .24 p.c, to five,866.77.

The CBOE Market place Volatility index .VIX, also known as the worry index, rose 1.02 details and closed at fifteen.07, its first shut previously mentioned fifteen since the Nov. 8 U.S. Presidential election.

The U.S. greenback fell 1.two p.c and almost touched a 5- month lower from the Japanese ye JPY=

“It displays how anxious markets are about the geopolitical circumstance,” said Marc Chandler, world wide head of forex approach at Brown Brothers Harriman. “And at the close of the working day the aim on the geopolitical information is coming with out considerably significant economic information.”

Gold XAU= final traded up 1.five p.c on the working day at virtually $1,273.fifty five an ounce. It strike its maximum place since Nov. ten and was on monitor for its biggest a person-working day proportion increase since March fifteen.

Oil reversed system to close the working day greater after studies that Saudi Arabia instructed OPEC officers it desires to proceed OPEC cuts for an additional 6 months. [O/R]

Global benchmark Brent LCOc1 settled up .five p.c at $56.23 a barrel in its seventh straight working day of gains. U.S. crude CLc1 settled up for the sixth working day in a row with a .six p.c increase to $fifty three.40.

(Supplemental reporting by Richard Leong, Jessica Resnick-Ault and Dion Rabouin in New York and Kit Rees, John Geddie, Ritvik Carvalho and Nigel Stephenson in London Editing by James Dalgleish and Dan Grebler)