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Dollar Rises On Strong Jobs Data

After exhibiting some weakness early on in the day, the U.S. dollar moved higher on Friday, riding on strong U.S. monthly jobs data and amid optimism the U.S. and China will agree on a phase one trade deal before the next hike in tariffs on Chinese imports come into effect later this month. The dollar index, which eased to 97.36 at the start, rallied to 97.84 by mid morning, and was later seen at 97.70, up nearly 0.3% from previous close. Against the euro, the dollar strengthened to 1.1061, gaining about 0.4%, from previous close of $1.1103. Against pound sterling, the dollar recovered to 1.3133 from a low of 1.3167. The Japanese yen strengthened against the dollar, rising to 108.56 a dollar, after having weakened to 108.91 yen a dollar in early trades. The dollar was down slightly against the Aussie with the AUD-USD pair trading at 0.6841. Against Swiss franc, the dollar rose to 09899, up 0.27% from previous close, while against the Loonie, it rose to 1.3257, adding more than 0.6%. In Canadian economic news, data from Statistics Canada said the Canadian economy lost 71,200 jobs in November of 2019 after shedding 1,800 jobs in the previous month….

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,…

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…

*U.S. Consumer Sentiment Index Climbs To 99.2 In December

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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

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Dollar Climbs After U.S. Jobs Data

After the release of U.S. jobs data for November at 8:30 am ET Friday, the greenback advanced against its major counterparts. The greenback was trading at 108.73 against the yen, 0.9907 against the franc, 1.3117 against the pound and 1.1077 against the euro around 8:31 am ET. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…