By Caroline Valetkevitch
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Benchmark U. S. Treasury yields hit a 10-month high on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan tweaked its bond-buying programme, while stocks in world indexes continued their flying start to the year.
The move raised speculation Japan's central bank may wind down its monetary stimulus this year.
"We don't necessarily see this as a signal of impending policy change, but investors are very sensitive to the overall monetary policy backdrop, especially out of the major central banks," said John Briggs, head of Americas strategy at NatWest Markets in Stamford, Connecticut.
The U. S. 10-year note
Stocks extended their record run. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq have hit records every trading day of the new year, or the past six sessions, providing optimism on the outlook for the rest of the year. The S&P 500 is up 2.9 percent since Dec. 31.
U. S. stock investors remain upbeat about fourth-quarter earnings season, which begins on Friday with results from JPMorgan Chase
"We're continuing the rally.
Earnings season starts this Friday, and we'll probably have another decent season. There will be some noise there with tax adjustments, but the forward-looking comments ought to be pretty positive. Investors are buying into that," said Bucky Hellwig, senior vice president at BB&T Wealth Management in Birmingham, Alabama.
"You have low inflation and rising earnings. That's a good environment for stocks, so we've seen all of the indexes moving higher, continuing what we've had this year," he said.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <. DJI> rose 102.8 points, or 0.41 percent, to 25,385.8, the S&P 500 <. SPX> gained 3.58 points, or 0.13 percent, to 2,751.29 and the Nasdaq Composite <. IXIC> added 6.19 points, or 0.09 percent, to 7,163.58.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index <. FTEU3> rose 0.48 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe <. MIWD00000PUS> gained 0.14 percent.
Also, in foreign exchange market, the dollar edged higher against a basket of major currencies and hit an 11-day peak, as its decline last week to the lowest in more than three months continued to draw bargain hunters.
The dollar index <. DXY> rose 0.16 percent, with the euro
The Japanese yen strengthened 0.40 percent versus the greenback at 112.64 per dollar, while sterling
Oil prices rose, with U. S. prices touching their highest since December 2014, supported by OPEC-led production cuts and expectations that U. S. crude inventories have dropped for an eighth week.
U. S. crude
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