Stocks mostly slip, yields ease in wake of Powell inflation comments
* S&P 500 down slightly early
* Powell: clock is 'running' for Fed on lowering inflation
* U.S. dollar higher (Updates with early U.S. market activity, changes byline, dateline, previous LONDON)
By Caroline Valetkevitch
NEW YORK, June 29 (Reuters) - Stocks on global indexes mostly edged lower and Treasury yields eased on Wednesday as investors weighed comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who said there is a risk the U.S. central bank's interest rate hikes will slow the economy too much, but the bigger risk is persistent inflation.
The U.S. dollar index was higher and MSCI's global stocks index was lower after the comments, which Powell made at a European Central Bank conference.
"The clock is kind of running on how long will you remain in a low-inflation regime. ... The risk is that because of the multiplicity of shocks you start to transition into a higher inflation regime and our job is to literally prevent that from happening and we will prevent that from happening," Powell said.
Investors have worried that an aggressive push by the Fed to dampen inflation will tip the economy into recession.
Stan Shipley, fixed-income strategist at Evercore ISI, said markets will remain choppy as investors and traders read into the economic data what they want to see.
"We're getting slower economic data, some sectors look to be in recession, other sectors look to be in pretty good shape," Shipley said.
The yield on 10-year Treasury notes US10YT=RR fell 4.9 basis points to 3.158%, while the two-year's US2YT=RR yield advanced 0.2 basis points to 3.126%.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 96.69 points, or 0.31%, to 31,043.68, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 1.61 points, or 0.04%, to 3,819.94 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 13.17 points, or 0.12%, to 11,168.37.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXX lost 0.69% and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe .MIWD00000PUS shed 0.52%.
In foreign exchange, the dollar index =USD rose 0.373%, with the euro EUR= down 0.39% to $1.0477.
Inflation fears are being fanned further by oil prices, which extended their rise into a fourth day. Tight supply worries offset concerns about a weaker global economy.
The OPEC+ crude exporters group started a two-day meeting on Wednesday but big policy changes look unlikely, with United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei already indicating his country is pumping close to capacity.
U.S. crude CLc1 recently rose 0.89% to $112.76 per barrel and Brent LCOc1 was at $119.19, up 1.03% on the day.
Spot gold XAU= dropped 0.2% to $1,815.79 an ounce.
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Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; additional reporting by
Sujata Rao in London and Herbert Lash in New York; Editing by
Nick Macfie, Will Dunham and Alex Richardson
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