* Highly anticipated vaccine subject to further review
* Treasury yields fall, indicating lingering concerns over COVID-19
* Bitcoin extends Thursday’s big losses
* USD index closes at 2-1 / 2 year low
* US markets in shortened hours after Thanksgiving holidays
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By Rodrigo Campos
NEW YORK, Nov. 27 (Reuters) – Shares rose worldwide on Friday to close at a new high and remained on track for their strongest monthly performance on record, but the Nasdaq outperformed on Wall Street and Treasury yields fell, indicating lingering concerns about the upside. cases of coronavirus around the world.
A global stock index hit a record high for the third session this week, while the dollar index, a measure of the greenback against six peers, hit a three-month low and closed at its lowest since April 2018.
On Wall Street, major indices rose and the Nasdaq Composite hit a record high. The Nasdaq’s outperformance reflects recent sessions where, despite the rise in stocks, the focus was on the economic impact of the pandemic. The United States expects further rise in coronavirus infections after the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 37.9 points, or 0.13%, to 29,910.37, the S&P 500 gained 8.7 points, or 0.24%, to 3,638.35 and the Nasdaq Composite added 111.44 points, or 0.92%, at 12,205.85.
European stocks rose after the European Central Bank raised expectations for further stimulus next month and the Swedish Riksbank surprisingly increased its quantitative easing program.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.41% and the gauge of MSCI stocks around the world gained 0.39% to 623.75 after hitting a high of 624.29.
Emerging market equities rose 0.12%, while Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.40%.
Questions also persisted over data from trials of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine “for the world”, as several scientists were cautious about the trial results.
Australian stocks ended down 0.5%, Treasury Wine Estates down 11.25% as China imposes new tariffs on Australian wine, the latest move in the countries long trade war.
The European Union and Britain have said substantial differences remain over a Brexit trade deal, as the EU’s chief negotiator prepares to travel to London in a last ditch attempt to avoid a tumultuous final of the five-year crisis.
The British pound, which has climbed more than 3% against the dollar this month, last traded at $ 1.3299, down 0.42% on the day.
“Obviously there are still substantial and important differences to be bridged, but we are continuing with it,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters.
The dollar index was down 0.269%, with the euro up 0.39% to $ 1.196. The Japanese yen strengthened 0.24% against the greenback to 104.03 per dollar.
“Longer term, this is probably the right trend for the dollar. We believe the dollar has even more leeway on the downside, ”said Bipan Rai, head of foreign exchange strategy for North America at CIBC Capital Markets.
The yield on benchmark T-bills has fallen as some investors sought the safety of holding government debt amid lingering concerns about the surge in coronavirus cases and lockdowns in several U.S. states and around the world.
The price of the 10-year tickets last increased 11/32 to 0.8422%, compared to 0.878% on Wednesday night.
Oil prices, up for a fourth consecutive week, were mixed.
US crude recently fell 0.42% to $ 45.52 a barrel and Brent was at $ 48.27, up 0.98% on the day. Both are up more than 7% this week.
Bitcoin fell 2.25% to $ 16,774.49 after falling 8.4% in the previous session. The cryptocurrency came close to its all-time high of $ 19,666 earlier this week and is up about 130% this year.
Spot gold fell 1.3% to $ 1,787.40 an ounce. Silver fell 3.20% to $ 22.70.
(Reporting by Rodrigo Campos; additional reporting by Sinéad Carew in New York, Marc Jones in London and Shivani Kumaresan in Bengaluru edited by Nick Zieminski)