All eyes on data from Departments of Labor - Thursday Review, August 13

By: Miguel A. Rodriguez

09:45, 14 September 2020

Despite positive data, markets reacted negatively

The U.S.

Despite the positive data that came in from the Department of Labor, most US benchmarks traded lower. USA30 fell 0.29%, and USA500 lost 0.22%. TECH100 added 0.27%. 

Gold washed off some of Wednesday’s loss and traded 1.1% higher at $1,974.75 per ounce.

A pick-up in demand pushed the oil prices higher: Brent and  Crude Oil gained 0.3% each and ended the day at $45.10 per barrel, and $42.36, respectively. 

Asia and Australia

The data received from China and the US made Asian markets to react both positively and negatively.  

Japan225 rose by 1.96%. 

HongKong45 was down 0.05% in expectance of data regarding industrial production, and retail sales. Moreover, investors are looking forward to the meeting between the US and China scheduled for Saturday.

Australia200 lost 0.63%, even though the Bureau of Statistics announced that in July, 114,700 jobs were created. 

USD/JPY added 0.08% to 106.98.

AUD/USD settled at 0.7155.


The European markets traded Wednesday’s gains with Thursday’s losses, as the negative data that came from the continent made them lose momentum.

Germany30 traded 0.2% lower after consumer prices data showed that it is nowhere near an economic recovery.  

France40 fell 0.1%, although the unemployment rate dropped to 7.1%.

UK100 lost 1%, driven by the negative Q2 earnings reported by TUI. 

EUR/USD added 0.4% settling at 1.1825.

EUR/GBP lost 0.03% to 0.9035.

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