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US Jobs up, decline in the EU and Asia markets

Oil prices in decline despite OPEC+ production cap

The American labor market avoids decline and displayed a moderate uptick in new claims for unemployment benefits, rising by 1,000 to 220,000 by December 2nd, painting a nuanced landscape. However, continuing claims demonstrated a positive turn, dropping by 64,000 to 1.861 million, hinting at a potential stabilization. This backdrop sets the stage for the Federal Reserve to potentially maintain its cautious stance on interest rates within the ongoing 5.25%-5.50% range, reflecting a steady approach to economic adjustments and policy decisions.

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In the U.S., the stock market initially surged, with the dollar experiencing a slight depreciation against a currency basket, while U.S. Treasury yields trended upward. Financial market expectations lean towards a possible rate cut as early as the first quarter of the upcoming year, signaling a potential conclusion to the Fed’s current tightening campaign.


Meanwhile, Asia grappled with a market decline, as benchmarks in Tokyo and Hong Kong dropped over 1%, responding to a retreat on Wall Street and the downward trajectory of crude oil prices. China’s economic report revealed a 0.5% growth in exports for November, marking the first year-on-year increase since April, albeit accompanied by a simultaneous decline in imports. Volatility rocked oil markets, leading to a 4% dip in U.S. benchmark crude, which settled at $69.67 per barrel, and a 3.8% decrease in Brent crude to $74.30 per barrel.

Europe and beyond

European markets faced a 0.5% decline, notably the Stoxx Europe 600. Cryptocurrencies displayed mixed trends, with Bitcoin experiencing a 0.6% decline, settling at $43,554.21, while Ether surged by 1.2% to $2,275.05. The yields on 10-year Treasuries surged by five basis points to reach 4.16%. The U.S. dollar showed a slight 0.2% depreciation against other currencies, while the euro remained relatively stable at $1.0769. These movements collectively indicate a market grappling with varied pressures and uncertainties.

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