February 23, 2024

After Positive Employment News, Global Stocks Climbed as The Dollar Declined

In October, a total of  261,000 new jobs was created. This is according to the  United States of America’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to a poll by analysts from Reuters, this was far more than their prediction of 200,000. On the other hand, it showed that the jobless rate had climbed to 3.7% from September’s 3.5%. However, wage inflation fell from 5% to 4.7%.

Global Shares

According to Tom Plumb, there are undoubtedly some early signs that the pressure on prices is easing. In Madison, Wisconsin, Plumb manages the portfolio for the Plumb Balanced Fund. After two days of declines, the MSCI global share index (. MIWD00000PUS) increased by 1.72 percent. MSCI’s global stock index tracks the behavior of stock markets in 50 countries.

After dipping yesterday due to rate increases from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England, European equities (. STOXX) gained 1.81% today. Wall Street’s three major stock indexes had favorable closing results, with the most significant contributions coming from the financial, technology, consumer discretionary, industrial sectors, and communication services.

A new high of 32,403.22 was reached by the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI), which rose by 1.26%. Gains of 1.36% helped the S&P 500 (.SPX) achieve a record high of 3,770.55. With an increase of 1.28%, the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) hit a record high of 10,475.25. The benchmark 10-year Treasury note’s yield climbed and is at 4.1626%.

A Decline in The Value of The Dollar

Plumb anticipated that the price pressure would experience significant fissures. Despite the Fed never bringing up a pivot or anything comparable, he predicts it will happen within the next six months. Despite the Fed’s refusal to discuss a pivot or other such topics, according to Plumb, he believes the market anticipates that they will continue to be data-dependent.

After the employment report was made public, the Dollar’s value dropped. The Dollar index lost 1.90 percent of its value, while the Euro increased by 2.1% to $0.9956. The safe-haven commodity gold saw a price increase of roughly 2% due to the Dollar’s decline.

As a result, spot prices for gold climbed 3.1% to a new all-time high of $1,680.33 per ounce. On the other hand, American gold futures increased by 2.90% to $1,672.50 per ounce. The price for oil has increased by 5%. This was a consequence of the upcoming European Union ban on Russian oil. Investors also considered the impact of China’s easing of COVID limitations.

Brent oil futures contracts completed the day with a 5% gain, rising to $98.57 a barrel. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil futures contracts in the US rose 4.98% to $92.56 a barrel.

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