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US November data on jobs triggers optimism in world markets and strengthens the dollar

Saturday, December 7th 2013 - 06:43 UTC
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Unemployment drops to a five year low of 7% Unemployment drops to a five year low of 7%

Global equity markets surged and the dollar rose against the Yen after stronger-than-expected US jobs data gave investors confidence the economy is strong enough to withstand an expected reduction in Federal Reserve stimulus.

 A total of 203,000 jobs were added in November, beating expectations for 180,000, while the unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point to a five-year low of 7%, according to the official release on Friday.

The dollar jumped to session highs against the Yen and stocks on Wall Street surged, with the Nasdaq setting a record intraday high for the year and the Dow and S&P rising more than 1 percent.

The dollar's gains versus the Euro were short-lived, as the euro zone common currency was boosted by rising short-term interest rates a day after the European Central Bank dampened hopes for an imminent easing move.

The euro was up 0.25% against the dollar to $1.3701.

Other data also was bullish for stocks. Consumer spending increased 0.3% in October, more than expected, after rising 0.2% in September.

MSCI's all-country world equity index, which tracks shares in 45 nations, rose 0.81%, while the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index gained 0.72% to close at 1,270.38.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 198.69 points, or 1.26%, to 16,020.2. The S&P 500 gained 20.06 points, or 1.12%, to 1,805.09 and the Nasdaq Composite added 29.356 points, or 0.73%, to 4,062.521.

Categories: Economy, Politics, United States.

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  • Briton

    • It’s always nice what a country drags itself out of recession and starts to recover,
    • We brits are doing the same,

    Dec 07th, 2013 - 07:47 pm 0
  • Conqueror

    Shame though. Argieland thought it could get cheap dollars.

    Dec 08th, 2013 - 09:25 pm 0
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