(Bloomberg) -- U.S. stock futures pared gains and Treasuries retreated after the latest American inflation reading came in higher than anticipated. The dollar trimmed some of its drop and gold slipped.
Contracts for the S&P 500 came off their highs, but the gauge still looked poised to test 3,000 again as investors weigh the latest clues on the path for monetary policy. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index edged higher, attempting its first advance in five days as energy companies climbed. Shares rallied across most of Asia, with the South Korean and Hong Kong markets outperforming and stocks in China edging higher.
Emerging-market equities jumped alongside developing-nation currencies, while the pound continued its rebound from a two-year low as the greenback fell. European government bonds were mixed.
This year's rallies across stocks, bonds and credit got a fresh jolt on Wednesday thanks to comments from Fed Chairman Powell that persuaded investors rates are headed lower by at least a quarter-point in July. Minutes from the central bank's last meeting further cemented expectations for a cut in borrowing costs. Traders will be eyeing Powell's testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday for further clues after a measure of U.S. consumer prices rose more than forecast in June.
"There has been a total shift in monetary policy -- quantitative tightening is off the table and we're back to some mild form of quantitative easing or stable central bank balance sheets," said Timothy Moe, chief Asia-Pacific equity strategist at Goldman Sachs. "That's very supportive for equities."
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