Dollar and bonds rally as virus fears oust inflation jitters

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SHANGHAI/LONDON – The dollar neared its year-high and bonds rallied further on Wednesday, as the rapid spread of the Delta coronavirus variant displaced inflation as investors’ primary concern and sent them rushing for safe-haven assets. European stocks also rose ahead of a European Central Bank meeting on Thursday that is expected to convey a dovish tone, with the benchmark STOXX index of the region’s 600 largest shares up 0.9%. Last week, data showing a surge in U.S.

consumer prices in June had sparked fears that the Federal Reserve could bring a quicker end to emergency stimulus measures. The shift from a debate over whether price spikes are transitory to outright fear of the impact of the latest COVID-19 surge had pushed the U.S. 10-year yield down more than 20 basis points in the space of a week as investors have moved into safe-haven assets. The S&P 500 .SPX slumped nearly 4% from highs last Wednesday to lows on Monday more...