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Market To Be Back On A Gaining Mood

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT/PARIS (Alliance News) - The market is awaiting the Challenger Job-Cut report ...

Alliance News 7 December, 2017 | 11:39AM
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BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT/PARIS (Alliance News) - The market is awaiting the Challenger Job-Cut report and Jobless Claims for the week. Investors are keen on the developments after President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing decade-old US policy. U.N. Security Council has called for an emergency session on Friday to discuss the issue.

The Market is back broadly on a recovery mood as the commodity prices and currency rates are showing improvement from the previous days.

Initial signs from the US Futures suggest that Wall Street might open in the greener pastures on Thursday. Asian shares closed mostly higher, while European shares are trading higher.

As of 6.15 am ET, the Dow futures were slipping 1.00 points, the S&P 500 futures were adding 2.50 points and the Nasdaq 100 futures were gaining 21 points.

US stocks closed mixed on Wednesday. The major averages spent the day bouncing back and forth across the unchanged line.The Nasdaq rose 14.16 points or 0.2% to 6,776.38, the Dow dipped 39.73 points or 0.2% to 24,140.91 and the S&P 500 edged down 0.30 point or less than a tenth of a % to 2,629.27.

On the economic front, the Challenger Job-Cut Report for November will be published at 7.30 am ET. The previous month's announced layoffs were 29,831.

The Labor Department's Jobless Claims for the week will be published at 8.30 am ET. The consensus is for 240K, slightly up from 238K in the prior week.

New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley will make welcome and introductory remarks at the "Higher Education Financing and Costs and Returns of Higher Education" event held by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in New York at 8.30 am ET.

Three-year and ten-year Treasury Note auction and 30-year Bond auction will be held at 11.00 am ET. The Fed Balance Sheet for the week will be released at 4.30 pm ET. The prior week level was USD4.439 trillion.

The Fed's Money Supply for the week is expected at 4.30 pm ET. The M2 weekly change was a deficit of USD3.9 billion.

In the corporate sector, Uniper confirmed its earnings outlook for the current year with adjusted EBIT in the range of 1.0 to 1.2 billion euros. For 2018, Uniper expects adjusted EBIT of between 0.8 and 1.1 billion euros.

Asian stocks finished broadly higher on Thursday. Chinese stocks ended lower. The benchmark Shanghai Composite index dropped 21.91 points or 0.67% to 3,272.05, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index climbed 78.39 points or 0.28% to finish at 28,303.19.

Japanese shares rallied. The Nikkei average finished up 320.99 points or 1.45% at 22,498.03 after suffering its biggest fall since March the previous day. The broader Topix index closed 1.18% higher at 1,786.25. Australian shares rose to snap a three-session losing streak. The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index gained 32 points or 0.54% to finish at 5,977.70 while the broader All Ordinaries index ended up 30.90 points or 0.51% at 6,060.80.

European shares are trading mostly higher. Among the major indexes in the region, the CAC 40 Index of France is climbing 18.19 points or 0.34%, the German DAX is gaining 70.38 points or 0.54%, the UK FTSE 100 Index is progressing 0.60 points or 0.01%. The Swiss Market Index is declining 15.36 points or 0.16%.

The Euro Stoxx 50 Index, which is a compilation of 50 blue chip stocks across the euro area, is up 0.39%.

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