Equities struggle ahead of US nonfarm payrolls report - 4.6.2021

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Stocks are mixed currently ahead of US May jobs report after Wall Street ended lower on Thursday. Apple shares lost 1.22%, Tesla shares fell 5.33% Thursday after reports Tesla’s “monthly net orders in China dropped to about 9,800 in May from more than 18,000 in April.”

Forex news

Currency Pair Change
EUR USD -0.1%
GBP USD -0.6%
USD JPY -0.1%
AUD USD +0.16%

The Dollar strengthening is intact today . The live dollar index data show the ICE US Dollar index, a measure of the dollar’s strength against a basket of six rival currencies, jumped 0.7% Thursday after US Labor Department report 385 thousand Americans sought unemployment benefits over the last week, down from 405 thousand the previous week.

GBP/USD joined EUR/USD’s accelerating retreating Thursday with both euro and Pound down against the Dollar currently. USD/JPY accelerated its climbing while AUD/USD accelerated its sliding yesterday with both yen and Australian dollar higher against the Greenback currently.

Stock Market news

Indices Change
Dow Jones Index -0.11%
Nikkei Index -0.24%
Hang Seng Index -0.11%
Australian Stock Index +0.55%

Futures on three main US stock indexes are down currently ahead of Bureau of Labor Statistics non-farm payrolls report at 14:30 CET today after a bearish session yesterday following an upbeat weekly jobless claims report. The three main US stock benchmarks recorded daily losses in the range of 0.07% to 1.03% Thursday with tech shares leading losses as Treasury yields rose after better than expected employment data.

European stock indexes are mixed currently after closing mixed Thursday with basic resources shares leading losses despite Markit’s final composite Purchasing Managers’ Index report showing euro zone business activity rose in May. Asian indexes are mixed today with Australia’s All Ordinaries ASX 200 Index leading gains.

Commodity Market news

Commodities Change
Brent Crude Oil +0.47%
WTI Crude +0.28%

Brent is gaining today. . Oil prices ended lower yesterday despite report weekly US crude stocks fell sharply. US crude inventories fell by 5.1 million barrels last week, however gasoline stocks grew by 1.5 million barrels and distillate stockpiles jumped by 3.7 million barrels. The US oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures lost 14 cents but is up currently. August Brent crude slid 0.3% to $71.12 a barrel on Thursday.

Gold Market News

Metals Change
Gold +0.09%

Gold prices are edging up today . August gold dropped 1.9% settling at $1,873.30 an ounce on Thursday - the lowest price in over two weeks as dollar strengthened after jump in US private-sector jobs.