U.S. Job Openings Decline, Dollar Index Reacts | Key Insights – Dec 5th

Key Insights

  • JOLTs Job Openings decreased from 9.35 million to 8.73 million, missing analyst expectations.
  • ISM Services PMI increased from 51.8 in October to 52.7 in November.
  • U.S. Dollar Index pulled back from session highs as traders reacted to the report.

On December 5, U.S. released JOLTs Job Openings report for October. The report indicated that JOLTs Job Openings declined from 9.35 million (revised from 9.55 million) to 8.73 million. Analysts expected that JOLTs Job Openings would decrease to 9.3 million, so the report missed analyst consensus.

The job market data is extremely important for the Fed policy outlook. In case the number of job openings continues to move lower, the central bank may cut the federal funds rate earlier than previously expected.

Today, traders also had a chance to take a look at ISM Services PMI report for November. The report showed that ISM Services PMI improved from 51.8 in October to 52.7 in November, compared to analyst consensus of 52.

The Institute for Supply Management commented: “The services sector had a slight uptick in growth in November, attributed to the increase in business activity and slight employment growth.”

U.S. Dollar Index pulled back from session highs after the release of the reports. The weaker-than-expected JOLTs Job Openings report may put material pressure on the American currency.

Gold settled near the $2020 level as the pullback continued. Falling Treasury yields did not provide any support to gold markets today as traders waited for stabilization after yesterday’s wild trading session.

SP500 made an attempt to settle above the 4575 level after the release of the job market data.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Summary:

Financial News, Job Openings, ISM Services PMI, U.S. Dollar Index, Gold, SP500

Job Openings decreased, ISM Services PMI increased, Dollar Index pulled back, Gold settled near $2020, and SP500 attempted to settle above 4575 level.

The weaker-than-expected JOLTs Job Openings report and the improved ISM Services PMI could impact forex trading, particularly the U.S. Dollar and gold markets.

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