Oil, weak German data drag on stocks; Brazil sinks

Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:48pm EDT
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By Yasmeen Abutaleb

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global equity markets slipped on Monday, hit by weak German business sentiment and another decline in oil, while Brazil slumped after incumbent Dilma Rousseff narrowly won a second term over an opponent seen as more pro-business.

Major indexes on Wall Street ended mixed. The benchmark S&P 500 closed slightly lower after last week's big gains, hurt by another drop in energy shares as oil neared a four-year low. Disappointing data showing the pace of growth in the U.S. services sector slowed in October to a six-month low also sapped buying sentiment.

Government bond yields were lower after the business climate index in Germany, the Euro zone's largest economy, fell to its lowest level in almost two years.

"The global markets are pretty much reflecting what's going on in the overall economy," said Bernard Baumohl, managing director and chief global economist at the Economic Outlook Group in Princeton, New Jersey. "Europe is the epicenter of global weakness and Germany happens to be ground zero."

Brent crude oil futures pared early losses but were down 0.81 percent at $85.43 a barrel LCOc1, after Goldman Sachs cut its price forecasts. U.S. crude oil fell 0.4 percent to $80.71 a barrel, after hitting a low of $79.44 as signs of rising global supply threatened deeper price losses. [O/R]

MSCI's all-country world equity index .MIWD00000PUS was down 0.13 percent. The FTSEurofirst 300 index .FTEU3 of top European shares closed down 0.59 percent, erasing early gains. [.EU]

U.S. 10-year Treasury notes inched up 4/32 in price to yield 2.259 percent. Germany's 10-year note yield fell to 0.869 percent.

The dollar index .DXY, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, fell 0.21 percent to 85.55.   Continued...

A man walks past the London Stock Exchange in the City of London October 11, 2013.  REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth