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By Lewis Krauskopf
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar weakened on Thursday after a recent rally while stocks globally rose modestly as investors digested U.S. economic data and prospects for a U.S. tax reform plan proposed by President Donald Trump.
Trump on Wednesday proposed the biggest U.S. tax overhaul in three decades, calling for tax cuts for most Americans, but prompting criticism that the plan favours business and the rich and could add trillions of dollars to the deficit.
"The market is a little more optimistic that we are going to actually have some kind of tax cuts," said Scott Wren, senior global equity strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Institute in St. Louis, Missouri. "The probability is it is going to take a long time to work it all out."
Bets that the Federal Reserve will raise rates once more by year-end have firmed this week, following comments from Chair Janet Yellen on Tuesday that the U.S. central bank needs to continue gradual rate hikes despite broad uncertainty about the path of inflation.
Data on Thursday showed the U.S. economy expanded a bit faster than previously estimated in the second quarter, but the momentum likely slowed in the third quarter due to the impact of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 40.49 points, or 0.18 percent, to 22,381.2, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 3.02 points, or 0.12 percent, to 2,510.06 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 0.19 point, or 0 percent, to 6,453.45.
The Dow got a boost from McDonald's
The S&P 500 set a record closing high as did the small-cap Russell 2000 index <.RUT> and the closely watched Dow Jones Transport Average <.DJT>.
MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe <.MIWD00000PUS> gained 0.13 percent. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index <.FTEU3> rose 0.16 percent.
Emerging market stocks <.MSCIEF> lost 0.57 percent, their sixth straight session of declines.
The dollar edged lower against a basket of currencies after a three-day winning streak as investors took profit on the greenback's rally this week ahead of the end of the quarter.
The dollar index <.DXY> fell 0.21 percent, while the euro
"The market is taking a breather before next week," said Alfonso Esparza, senior currency analyst at Oanda in Toronto.
Next week's nonfarm payroll report is the next big data point that traders are watching for clues to the timing of the next U.S. interest rate hike.
The yield spread between shorter and longer-dated U.S. Treasuries grew after release of a tax plan that raised concerns about faster growth in the federal deficit and borrowing.
Benchmark 10-year notes
"Much of the move has been about the tax rollout," said Bruno Braizinha, interest rate strategist at SG Corporate & Investment Banking in New York. "Based on recent history like healthcare reform, it may be a disappointment."
Oil prices slipped, backing off gains spurred by tension around northern Iraq following the Kurdistan region's vote in favour of independence.
(Additional reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak, Richard Leong, Saqib Iqbal Ahmed in New York, Marc Jones in London; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Nick Zieminski)
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