(Updates prices, changes comment, dateline from previous
* U.S. crude dips below
* S&P 500 slips, but losses broad
* Euro dips with French election in focus; dollar firms
"Although Macron has been labeled as favorite to become the
next French president, an unexpected
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 8.87 points, or 0.04 percent, to 20,587.58, the S&P 500 lost 2.75 points, or 0.12 percent, to 2,353.09 and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.02 points, or 0 percent, to 5,916.80.
Utilities and technology were the only S&P 500 sectors firmly in the black.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.13 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe shed 0.08 percent.
Emerging market stocks rose 0.30 percent. MSCI's broadest
'RIDE OUT THE WEEKEND'
Doubts that an OPEC-led production cut will restore balance to an oversupplied market weighed on crude futures, with prices set to post their largest weekly drop in six.
U.S. crude fell 1.97 percent to
In currency markets, the euro edged lower against the dollar as investors braced for the first round on Sunday of a tight French presidential election race, while the dollar steadied as investors squared positions ahead of the Sunday vote.
"Traders understandably look content to flatten their books
and ride out the weekend's events from the sidelines,"
The dollar index rose 0.2 percent, with the euro
down 0.2 percent to
The Japanese yen strengthened 0.17 percent versus the
greenback at 109.17 per dollar, while Sterling was last
U.S. Treasury prices gained slightly with eyes on
Benchmark 10-year notes last rose 5/32 in price to yield 2.2231 percent, from 2.241 percent late on Thursday.
Spot gold added 0.1 percent to
Copper lost 0.09 percent to
(Additional reporting by
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