Dollar falls, U.S. stocks end higher after Trump inauguration

Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:59pm EST
 
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By Sinead Carew

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar ended down while U.S. stock indexes rose in the last day of a choppy trading week, as investors reacted to President Donald Trump's inaugural speech.

U.S. stocks started the day higher but gave up some gains after Trump started speaking. Some investors worried about the tone of the former reality TV star's speech and others saw more negativity than optimism in his words.

U.S. Treasury yields fell from 2-1/2-week highs after the speech on concerns fiscal stimulus efforts may be delayed. The dollar, which has lost some momentum in recent weeks, was off 0.3 percent against six major currencies .DXY .

There has been a pause in the post-election market rally in risky assets such as equities amid questions over how Trump's administration will carry out ambitious campaign promises of lower taxes, more government spending and looser regulations.

"I think folks priced in the good stuff in that first month and now they're worried about inflation and what's the Fed going to do, and a stronger dollar and trade wars and tariffs and the like," said Phil Orlando, chief equity market strategist at Federated Investors in New York.

While stocks fell during Trump's speech, Friday's session marked the first time in more than 50 years that a new U.S. President was welcomed by a rising market on his first day, according to Reuters data.

Trump promised to put "America first" and that the U.S. would buy American and hire American.

"There's a concern about what his trade policies will be," said Jamie Cox, managing partner of Harris Financial Group, after he attended the inauguration in Washington D.C. "That's probably the No. 1 area where Trump will have to tone down his rhetoric because we do have to work with other nations."   Continued...

 
A trader watches the Trump inauguration on TV on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Yang