The beginning of the new quarter was auspicious for the American indices. They were driven by the manufacturing data and the number of jobs created in the private sector: USA30 was flat, while USA500 added 0.73%. TECH100 gained 0.74%.
The data from the American Petroleum Institute pushed oil prices higher. Oil rose by 2.2% to $40.14 per barrel, while Brent added 2.1% to $42.12.
Gold lost some of Tuesday's momentum and traded at $1,779.90 per ounce.
The Dollar Index slipped 0.04% to 97.118.
Asia and Australia
Japan225 fell 0.8% after real estate, and railway & bus sectors led shares lower once again.
Down Under, ASX closed higher by 0.62% as the gains were led by A-REITs and IT sectors.
USD/JPY was up 0.3% to 107.61.
AUD/USD lost 0.2% to 0.6890.
USD/CNY shed 0.01% to 7.0694.
Germany30 traded higher yesterday by 0.2% after retail sales data came better than expected. The increase in car sales wasn’t enough to give France40 momentum, which fell by 0.2%. UK100 slid 0.1% after airline stocks fell.
GBP/USD gained 0.09% to 1.2481.
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Sources: marketwatch.com, investing.com