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Oversupply angst drags oil lower, stocks drift near highs

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Oversupply angst drags oil lower, stocks drift near highs
FILE PHOTO: A trader works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., November 18, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid   -   Copyright  BRENDAN MCDERMID(Reuters)

By Rodrigo Campos

NEWYORK (Reuters) – Oil prices fell sharply on Tuesday on oversupply concerns while a gauge of stocks across the globe was on track to rise for a seventh straight session after large overnight gains in Asia.

The U.S. benchmark S&P 500 index was little changed while the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped and the Nasdaq rose, all having hit record intraday highs earlier in the session.

Traders cited the lingering uncertainty over whether the U.S. and China could agree to end a trade war than nears 1-1/2 years as a reason for stocks to drift and bond prices to go higher.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would raise tariffs on Chinese imports if no deal is reached with Beijing to end the trade war. The next round of tariffs is due to kick in mid-December.

Oil fell after sources told Reuters that Russia is unlikely to agree to further cut its oil output at a meeting with fellow exporters next month.

Separately, Norway’s October oil production beat forecasts and the potential oversupply, combined with some worries over global demand next year, sent prices lower.

“Moreover, Russia also failed to fulfill its agreed cuts in November so far,” Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch said.

U.S. crude <CLc1> fell 3.31% to $55.16 per barrel and Brent <LCOc1> was last at $60.84, down 2.56% on the day.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> fell 91.08 points, or 0.32%, to 27,945.14, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 1.08 points, or 0.03%, to 3,123.11 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 32.01 points, or 0.37%, to 8,581.94.

Hopes of a trade truce earlier in the day drove European stocks to a four-year high and world stocks to their highest in nearly two years, but those gains were pared later in the session.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index <.STOXX> lost 0.12% and MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe <.MIWD00000PUS> gained 0.05% and was on track for a seventh straight session of gains.

Emerging market stocks rose 0.41%. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> closed 0.62% higher, while Japan’s Nikkei <.N225> lost 0.53%.

Long-dated U.S. Treasury yields slipped for the seventh straight day as risk appetite weakened.

Benchmark 10-year notes <US10YT=RR> last rose 7/32 in price to yield 1.7843%, from 1.808% late on Monday.

The 30-year bond <US30YT=RR> last rose 29/32 in price to yield 2.2527%, from 2.293% late on Monday.

The dollar was little changed against a basket of six major currencies. The dollar index <.DXY> rose 0.05%, with the euro <EUR=> up 0.08% to $1.1079.

The Japanese yen strengthened 0.14% versus the greenback at 108.54 per dollar, while Sterling <GBP=> was last trading at $1.2916, down 0.28% on the day.

Spot gold <XAU=> rose 0.08% to $1,472.87 an ounce.

Copper <CMCU3> rose 0.86% to $5,880.00 a tonne.

Three-month aluminium on the London Metal Exchange <CMAL3> lost 0.06% to $1,737.00 a tonne.

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(Reporting by Rodrigo Campos; additional reporting by Stephanie Kelly, Saqib Iqbal Ahmed and Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Editing by Nick Zieminski)