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US Jobs Growth Slowed In April

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The U.S. economy created just 160k jobs last month, the fewest number of jobs in seven months. Americans dropped out of the labor force, signs of weakness that cast doubts on whether the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates before the end of the year. The good news is that wages rose during April, with average hourly earnings up 8% an hour, representing a 0.3% annualized gain. 

On last week, USD index settled at 93.83 rebounding from its lowest level of 91.91.

Euro moved away from 8-months high of $1.16 vs. USD and settled at $1.14. From a technical point of view, the fiber could retest levels of $1.15.

The pound sterling continued its downward movement and traded at $1.4430 vs. USD, negatively affected by “Brexit” campaign. The Cable could re-test $1.4470 once again. 

USD settled last week at 107 levels, rebounding from its lowest level of 105.55. On the other hand, china data dumped this week, therefore, the greenback could re-test 106 level.

Gold precise negatively affected by strong USD and traded below $1,280, rebounding from the psychological level of $1,300. The resistance resides at $1,267 and the yellow metal could rise once again.   

Oil prices jumped last week on Canadian wildfire. WTI settled at $44.50 and could be affected by Chinese weak data.

The most important economic events:

  • EUR European Commission Economic Forecasts: (GMT 09:15) Medium
  • CHF Consumer Price Index (YoY) (APR): (GMT 09:15) Medium – Forecast (-0.7%) – Previous (-0.9%).
  • EUR Euro-Zone Sentix Investor Confidence (MAY): (GMT 10:30) Medium – Forecast (6.0) – Previous (5.7).

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