Global stocks dropped from a five- year high, with shares in Europe halting the longest rally in 40 months, as oil and copper tumbled after China’s money-market rates jumped. The yen and Treasuries rose and the dollar rebounded from an almost two-year low versus the euro.
U.S. stocks advanced, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index its best start to a year since 1987, as semiconductor companies and homebuilders gained. The euro rose as the International Monetary Fund proposed boosting its lending resources by as much as $500 billion.
U.S. stocks fell the most since June as forecasts from Cisco Systems Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. disappointed while improving economic data pushed bond yields higher amid concern the Federal Reserve will reduce stimulus.