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Oil Futures Rise To Near 3-month High As OPEC Deepens Output Cuts

Crude oil prices rose sharply on Friday after Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed on further output curbs. Positive comments on the trade deal front and upbeat U.S. jobs data contributed as well to oil’s sharp rise. The OPEC and a 10-nation coalition led by Russia called OPEC+ have agreed to deepen oil production cuts in order to prevent oversupply in the market. The new deal agreed upon during the Vienna meet will apply for the first three months of 2020. The move follows the recommendation of the oil exporting countries to deepen the cuts by 500,000 barrels per day to existing 1.2 million barrels per day. The total curb of 1.7 million barrels per day would amount to 1.7% of global crude supply. Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman told reporters today that the kingdom’s quota would be an additional 167,000 barrels per day and that it would continue to exceed its quota by 400,000 barrels a day, thus bringing the overall production cut to closer to 2.1 million barrels a day. West Texas Intermediate Crude oil futures for January ended up $0.77, or about 1.3%, at $59.20 a barrel, the highest settlement since September 17. On Thursday,…

Treasuries Move Notably Lower On Better Than Expected Jobs Data

Extending the downward move seen over the two previous sessions, treasuries moved notably lower during trading on Friday. Bond prices came under pressure early in the session and remained firmly negative throughout the day. Subsequently, the yield on the benchmark ten-year note, which moves opposite of its price, climbed 4.5 basis points to 1.842 percent. The continued weakness among treasuries came following the release of a closely watched Labor Department report showing much stronger than expected U.S. job growth in the month of November. The report said non-farm payroll employment surged up by 266,000 jobs in November after climbing by an upwardly revised 156,000 jobs in October. Economists had expected an increase of about 180,000 jobs compared to the addition of 128,000 jobs originally reported for the previous month. The Labor Department said notable job gains occurred in healthcare and in professional and technical services, while manufacturing employment also rose as General Motors (GM) workers returned from a strike. With the stronger than expected job growth, the unemployment rate edged down to 3.5 percent in November from 3.6 percent in October. The unemployment rate was expected to remain unchanged. A separate report released by the University of Michigan showed a…

U.S. Consumer Credit Jumps More Than Expected In October

Consumer credit in the U.S. increased by more than anticipated in the month of October, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve on Friday. The Fed said consumer credit surged up by $18.9 billion in October after climbing by $9.6 billion in September. Economists had expected consumer credit to increase by $16.0 billion. Revolving credit, which largely reflects credit card debt, rose by $7.9 billion in October after edging down by $0.2 billion in September. The report said non-revolving credit, such as student loans and car loans, also jumped by $11.0 billion in October after increasing by $9.4 billion in the previous month. Total consumer credit was up by 5.5 percent compared to the same month a year ago, as revolving credit spiked by 8.8 percent and non-revolving credit surged up by 4.3 percent. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

Gold Settles Lower As Riskier Assets Rise On Trade Hopes, Jobs Data

Gold prices drifted lower on Friday as traders went for riskier assets such as equities thanks to upbeat U.S. monthly jobs data and rising optimism about a phase one U.S.-China trade deal. The dollar’s strong uptick contributed as well to the yellow metal’s decline. The dollar index rose to 97.84 and was last seen hovering around 97.70, up more than 0.3% from previous close. Gold futures for February ended down $18.00, or about 1.2%, at $1,465.10 an ounce. On Thursday, gold futures for February ended up $2.90, or 0.2%, at $1,483.10 an ounce. Gold futures shed about 0.5% in the week. Silver futures for March ended down $0.463 at $16.596 an ounce, while Copper futures for March settled at $2.7250 per pound, up $0.0620 from previous close. In trade news, China said it would waive import tariffs for some soybeans and pork shipments from the United States. The tariff waivers were based on applications by individual firms for U.S. soybeans and pork imports, the finance ministry said in a statement, but didn’t not specify the quantities involved. The waiver of 25% tariffs comes two weeks before a critical decision on the fate of the December 15 tariff increases. On…

U.S. Wholesale Inventories Inch Up Less Than Expected In October

Wholesale inventories in the U.S. crept up by slightly less than expected in the month of October, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Friday. The Commerce Department said wholesale inventories inched up by 0.1 percent in October after falling by a revised 0.7 percent in September. Economists had expected inventories to rise by 0.2 percent compared to the 0.4 percent drop originally reported for the previous month. Inventories of non-durable goods climbed by 0.7 percent in October after tumbling by 1.3 percent in September, but inventories of durable goods fell by 0.3 percent for the second straight month. Meanwhile, the report said wholesale sales slid by 0.7 percent in October after edging down by 0.1 percent in September. The continued decrease in wholesale sales came as sales of durable goods fell by 0.6 percent and sales of non-durable goods slumped by 0.9 percent. With inventories rising and sales falling, the inventories/sales ratio for merchant wholesalers ticked up to 1.37 in October from 1.36 in September. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

U.S. Consumer Sentiment Climbs To Seven-Month High In December

Preliminary data released by the University of Michigan on Friday showed a much bigger than expected improvement in U.S. consumer sentiment in the month of December. The report said the consumer sentiment index climbed to 99.2 in December from the final November reading of 96.8. Economists had expected the index to inch up to 97.0. With the much bigger than expected increase, the consumer sentiment index reached its highest level since hitting 100.0 in May. The current economic index jumped to 115.2 in December from 111.6 in November, while the index of consumer expectations rose to 88.9 from 87.3. Surveys of Consumers chief economist Richard Curtin said nearly all of the improvement in consumer sentiment in December was among upper income households, who reported near record gains in household wealth due to record high stock prices. “Indeed, among households with incomes in the top third of the distribution, their overall assessment of their current finances was the third highest in the past twenty years,” Curtin said. He added, “These gains were aided by declining inflation expectations, with long term inflation expectations returning to an all-time low.” The report said one-year inflation expectations edged down to 2.4 percent in December from…

Malta Economic Growth Slows In Q3

Malta’s economic growth slowed further in the third quarter, preliminary data from the National Statistics Office showed on Friday. Gross domestic product grew 5.5 percent year-on-year following a 7.1 percent increase in the previous quarter. The pace of growth has been slowing since the fourth quarter of last year. In chain-linked volume terms, the economy grew 3.4 percent year-on-year after a 4.9 percent expansion in the second quarter. The rate of growth slowed for a third straight quarter. Total final consumption expenditure increased 2.5 percent in volume terms, led by a 2 percent growth in household expenditure and a 4 percent rise in government expenditure. Gross fixed capital formation rose 0.2 percent. Exports of goods and services increased by 3.6 percent and imports increased 1.0 percent. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

U.S. Employment Soars Amid Return Of Striking GM Workers

Job growth in the U.S. showed a substantial acceleration in the month of November, according to a closely watched report released by the Labor Department on Friday. The report said non-farm payroll employment surged up by 266,000 jobs in November after climbing by an upwardly revised 156,000 jobs in October. Economists had expected an increase of about 180,000 jobs compared to the addition of 128,000 jobs originally reported for the previous month. The much stronger than expected job growth was partly due to a rebound in manufacturing employment, which climbed by 54,000 jobs in November after falling by 43,000 jobs in October amid the return of striking General Motors (GM) workers. The Labor Department also pointed to notable job gains in the healthcare and professional and technical services industries. With the stronger than expected job growth, the unemployment rate edged down to 3.5 percent in November from 3.6 percent in October. The unemployment rate was expected to remain unchanged. The unexpected decrease pulled the unemployment rate back down to the nearly 50-year low originally hit in September. The drop by the unemployment rate came as a muted 83,000-person rise in the household survey measure of employment outpaced an even weaker…

*U.S. Dollar Rises To 2-day High Of 1.1069 Against Euro

U.S. Dollar Rises To 2-day High Of 1.1069 Against Euro The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…