* U.S. stocks higher in early New York trading
* Georgia Senate runoff seen as political risk
* Oil prices up sharply (Updates with early U.S. markets activity, changes dateline, previous LONDON)
By Caroline Valetkevitch
NEW YORK, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Global equity indexes were mostly higher on Tuesday after Wall Street started the year with losses on Monday, while the U.S. dollar weakened.
Investors anxiously awaited, however, Tuesday's dual Senate run-off races in the state of Georgia that are expected to determine the balance of power in Washington.
A Democratic victory in both contests could tip control of the U.S. Senate away from Republicans, potentially boosting the agenda of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. are taking a wait-and-see attitude...There's a lot to be concerned about - not only in the U.S. with the elections but also because of the different strains of the virus that are now being reported around the globe," CFRA chief investment strategist Sam Stovall said.
Both Georgia senatorial elections are tight and the results may not be immediately known, which could lead to a repeat of the fraught vote re-counts that followed the U.S. presidential election in November.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 5.88 points, or 0.02%, to 30,229.77, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 7.26 points, or 0.20%, to 3,707.91 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 67.70 points, or 0.53%, to 12,766.15.
In the currency markets, the dollar fell against a basket of major currencies after China lifted its official yuan exchange rate by its highest margin since it abandoned a dollar peg in 2005. Chinese move helped support demand for other currencies and kept MSCI's emerging-market currency index near the record high it had hit on Monday.
In the offshore market, the yuan strengthened as far as 6.4419 CNH=EBS for the first time since June 2018. It started the week at 6.4944. British pound GBP= recovered from a tumble on Monday after a surge in COVID cases in the United Kingdom forced another nationwide lockdown until mid-February. dollar index =USD fell 0.198%, with the euro EUR= up 0.18% to $1.227. Sterling GBP= was last trading at $1.3587, up 0.13% on the day.
Earlier, in Hong Kong, China Mobile 0941.HK , China Unicom 0762.HK , and China Telecom 0728.HK rallied after the New York Stock Exchange suddenly scrapped plans to de-list the companies' shares following a U.S. executive order. Brent and U.S. crude futures LCOc1 CLc1 were up sharply, and spot gold XAU= added 0.2% to $1,946.57 an ounce.
In the bond market, benchmark U.S. 10-year notes US10YT=RR last fell 7/32 in price to yield 0.9399%, from 0.917% late on Monday.
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