GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks slip as virus restrictions tighten; sterling weakens

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks slip as virus restrictions tighten; sterling weakens
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* S&P 500, Dow end lower; Nasdaq registers record high

* Brexit jitters send sterling down

* U.S. bond yields ease (Updates closing U.S. market levels)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Stocks on global indexes mostly eased on Monday as worries escalated over increasing COVID-19 cases and economic restrictions, while sterling slumped as Britain and the European Union have yet to narrow their differences on a trade deal.

On Wall Street, the U.S. benchmark S&P 500 slipped 0.2%, retreating from its recent record high, but the Nasdaq posted a record closing high as investors snapped up mega-cap growth stocks. in California, the most populous U.S. state, on Monday compelled much of the state to close shop and stay at home the day after it reported a record 30,000-plus new coronavirus cases. eyes also continue to be on negotiations between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress for approval of further coronavirus relief. is just kind of a waiting game, we are waiting to see if there is going to be any stimulus attached to this funding bill," said Ross Mayfield, investment strategy analyst at Baird.

Expectations of a U.S. stimulus aid package gathered pace after weak payrolls data on Friday. Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 148.47 points, or 0.49%, to 30,069.79, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 7.16 points, or 0.19%, to 3,691.96 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 55.71 points, or 0.45%, to 12,519.95.

Large-cap growth stocks .RLG , which had underperformed value stocks .RLV in recent weeks as investors looked to names likely to benefit from a reopened economy, edged up while value declined.

The MSCI world equity index < .MIWD00000PUS>, which tracks shares in 49 countries, was down 0.1%, while the pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXX ended down 0.3%.

British and EU leaders will meet face-to-face to try to seal a post-Brexit trade deal after failing again to narrow their differences on Monday.

That could raise the chance of a disorderly parting of ways at the end of the month. fell in a sentiment reversal from Friday when the British currency rose to a 19-month high against the dollar.

Sterling GBP= was last trading at $1.34, down 0.51% on the day.

Investors also await an EU summit starting on Thursday to break an impasse over a 1.8 trillion-euro coronavirus aid package, as well as the last European Central Bank policy meeting of the year on the same day.

In the bond market, yields on most U.S. Treasuries fell as rising coronavirus caseloads drove investors to buy the safe-haven securities. 10-year notes US10YT=RR last rose 13/32 in price to yield 0.93%, from 0.97% late on Friday.

Oil prices slipped, with traders weighing the positive impact from an OPEC+ deal on production against increasing coronavirus cases. crude LCOc1 fell 46 cents, or 0.9%, to settle at $48.79 a barrel. U.S. crude CLc1 fell 50 cents, or 1.1%, to settle at $45.76 a barrel. Spot gold prices XAU= gained.

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