U.S. stock indexes flat as dollar slips in early trading

U.S. stock indexes flat as dollar slips in early trading

S&P 500 near flat in early New York trading.

U.S. 10 year yields lower Updates with early U.S. markets activity, changes byline, dateline, previous LONDON NEW YORK, Oct 22 Reuters - Global stock indexes were mostly flat to higher on Friday, with financial shares providing some support to the S&P 500 index in early trading, while the U.S. dollar slipped against a basket of currencies.

MSCI's broadest gauge of global shares and the S&P 500 both were on track for a third straight week of gains.

Investors also digested news that China Evergrande Group appeared to have averted default with a last-minute bond coupon payment, a source said on Friday.

In the foreign exchange market, investors continued to unload long positions that benefited from rising expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise rates sooner than previously thought.

There s a bit of positioning unwind taking place. We've seen a firmer dollar since the September Fed meeting, said Mazen Issa, senior FX strategist at TD Securities in New York. That also dovetails with the seasonal tendency for the dollar to soften towards the end of the month. The Fed has signalled it could start to taper stimulus as soon as next month, with rate hikes to follow late next year.

The dollar index fell 0.17% to 93.57 and is down from a one-year high of 94.56 last week.

On Wall Street, the financial sector was up 0.9%, while Intel shares fell and were a drag on the market. On Thursday, Intel reported sales that missed expectations. It also pointed to shortages of chips holding back sales of its flagship processors.

Next week brings reports from several key mega-cap names including Amazon, and bullish investors are hoping they can follow some forecast-beating earnings from others so far this earnings season.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 85.49 points, or 0.24%, to 35,688. 57, the S&P 500 lost 0.42 points, or 0.01%, to 4,549. 36 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 72.97 points, or 0.48%, to 15,142. The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.66% and MSCI's stock gauge gained 0.10%.

Data on Friday showed euro zone inflation expectations are at their highest in years, amid a rash of warnings from companies including Nestle, ABB and Unilever In the U.S. bond market, yields on longer-dated U.S. Treasuries edged lower.

The yield on 10-year Treasury notes was down 0.5 basis points to 1.670% after rising to a five-month high of 1.7064% late Thursday.

Brent crude rose 0.57% to $82.97 per barrel and U.S. crude was at $85.08, up 0.56% on the day.

U.S. gold futures gained 1.44% to $1,806. 90 an ounce.