World stocks inch up on stimulus, vaccines hopes

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World stocks inch up on stimulus, vaccines hopes
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* U.S. stocks near record on stimulus, vaccine optimism

* Long-term U.S. bond yields near 13-month peak

* Some investors see Fed revising up economic, rates forecasts

* European shares seen gaining 0.3-0.5%

* Global asset performance

By Hideyuki Sano

TOKYO, March 15 (Reuters) - Global stock prices inched higher while U.S. bond yields hovered near a 13-month peak on Monday as investors bet U.S. economic growth will accelerate after the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill President Joe Biden signed into law last week.

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States and some other countries stoked a bullish mood on risk assets even as investors become wary of key central bank policy meetings later in the week, including the U.S. Federal Reserve's.

"The U.S. is now vaccinating more three million people a day, with President Biden now saying all adults will be able to get a shot by May 1. It could soon achieve a herd immunity and an economic normalisation," said Norihiro Fujito, chief investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS ) Securities.

European shares are expected to open higher, with Euro Stoxx 50 futures STXEc1 up 0.3% and FTSE futures FFIc1 trading 0.5% higher.

U.S. S&P500 futures ESc1 rose as much as 0.37% in Asia before erasing gains, trading just below a record high level touched last week, while Japan's Nikkei .N225 ticked up 0.2%.

Mainland Chinese shares, however, dropped despite data showing a quickening in industrial output and a rise in retail sales, with bluechip CSI 300 index .CSI300 falling 2.6% on policy tightening worries. equipment maker Hikvision 002415.SZ lost 3.2% after the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated the firm, along with four others Chinese companies including Huawei Technologies HWT.UL , as posing a threat to national security. fall in Chinese shares helped to drive MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS down 0.7%.


The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval last week to the COVID-19 relief bill, giving Biden his first major victory in office. market participants and policy-makers have been surprised by the speed of the recovery. On our estimates, the U.S. economy will reach pre-COVID-19 output levels by the current quarter," said Chetan Ahya, global head of economics at Morgan Stanley in New York, in a note.

"Fiscal policy is doing much more than fill the output hole. Transfers to households have already exceeded the income lost in the recession. As reopening gathers pace, the labour market is poised for a sharp rebound."

Investors also suspect the $1.9 trillion package, which amounts to more than 8% of the country's GDP, could stoke inflation - to the detriment of bonds, especially when their yields are so low.

Rising inflation expectations could prompt the Federal Reserve to signal it will start raising rates sooner when it announces its latest economic projections at the end of Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on Wednesday.

"Following the fiscal stimulus packages it is inevitable that Fed GDP forecasts will be revised up, and some FOMC members might think rates will have to move higher sooner than they anticipated last December," wrote economists at ANZ.

The 10-year U.S. Treasuries yield stood at 1.634% US10YT=RR , having risen to as high as 1.642% on Friday, a high last seen in February last year.

Higher U.S. bond yields saw the dollar rising against other major currencies.

The euro slipped 0.2% to $1.1929 EUR= from last week's high of $1.1990 while the dollar hit a nine-month high of 109.27 yen JPY= .

The British pound slipped 0.5% to $1.3902 GBP=D4 .

Bitcoin BTC=BTSP briefly slipped to $58,742, off a record high of $61,781 hit on Saturday, after Reuters reported a senior Indian government official said Delhi will propose a law banning cryptocurrencies, fining anyone in the country trading or even holding such digital assets. prices were supported by production cuts by major oil producers and optimism about a demand recovery as the global economy recovers from the pandemic-induced recession.

U.S. crude futures traded at $65.99 per barrel CLc1 , up 0.6% on the day.

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