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Ahead of employment news, global stock markets surge and US rates fall

Image: Reuters Berita 24 English - On Thursday, global equity markets climbed, while US yields fell, as lower-than-expected private payrolls...

Image: Reuters

Berita 24 English - On Thursday, global equity markets climbed, while US yields fell, as lower-than-expected private payrolls data raised optimism that the American economy was slowing and that the Federal Reserve may be convinced to change its hawkish attitude on interest rates and inflation.

The ADP National Employment Report released on Thursday indicated that private payrolls increased by 128,000 jobs in May, far less than the consensus projection of 300,000 jobs, indicating that labor demand was slowing.

If the private payrolls data is confirmed by the Labor Department's more complete jobs report on Friday, Sandy Villere, portfolio manager at Villere & Co in New Orleans, believes the Fed will be unlikely to maintain its rate rise pace.

"In essence, good news is terrible news and bad news is good news. That suggests the economy may be cooling a little, and the Fed may be able to ease up on its rate hikes, as the Fed is virtually in charge of everything right now "Villere remarked.

The MSCI world equity index, which includes stocks from 50 nations, rose 1.42 percent. The STOXX 600 index rose 0.57 percent across Europe.

Treasury yields in the United States have retreated from recent highs ahead of the much watched employment report and what it might reveal about the future path of interest rates.

On Thursday, two Fed officials, Vice Chair Lael Brainard and Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester, reaffirmed that the US central bank will likely keep hiking rates at a rapid pace unless inflation moderates.

The benchmark 10-year note was trading at 2.9149 percent, while two-year notes were selling at 2.6438 percent.

The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average recovered from earlier session losses and finished higher, with technology, consumer discretionary, communication services, and financial stocks driving the recovery.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 1.33 percent to 33,248.28, while the S&P 500 increased by 1.84 percent to 4,176.82 and the Nasdaq Composite increased by 2.69 percent to 12,316.90.

Oil prices rose as U.S. crude inventories declined more than expected due to strong demand for gasoline, and OPEC+ agreed to increase crude output to compensate for a drop in Russian output.

Brent futures jumped 1.69 percent to $118.26 a barrel, while WTI crude in the United States rose 1.97 percent to $117.53 a barrel.

The dollar weakened across the board, giving up some of the gains made in recent sessions as investors sought higher-yielding currencies in response to rising risk sentiment.

The dollar index dropped 0.78 percent, while the euro increased 0.94 percent to $1.0746.

Gold prices increased by more than 1%, helped by a weaker dollar and reports on US private payrolls. Gold futures in the United States gained 1.38 percent to $1,868.70 an ounce, while spot gold rose 1.3 percent to $1,868.59 an ounce.

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