US Stocks Rise as Wall Street Ends Strong Year, Eyes on 2024 Interest Rates

Summary

    – U.S. stocks saw an increase on Thursday, signaling a positive ending to a solid year on Wall Street.

    – The DJIA and S&P 500 are set to conclude 2023 with gains of 13% and 24% respectively.

    – Raised expectations of interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve in 2024 have driven these gains.

    – The number of jobless claims in America rose last week, reflective of a cooling labor market.

    – Apple (NASDAQ:) stock experienced a rise following a U.S. appeals court decision regarding a patent dispute.

    – Prices of oil dropped due to evidence of growing U.S. stockpiles amidst ongoing tensions in the Red Sea.

Traders watched as U.S. stocks leisurely gained higher ground on Thursday, marking a strong finish to a robust year on Wall Street.

By 09:35 ET (14:35 GMT), main indices appeared bullish, each indicating a modest increase in points and percentage.

The leading three indices witnessed a positive session on Wednesday, with the blue-chip gaining significantly, paired with rises in both the broad-based index and tech-heavy index.

All averages are set to record their ninth consecutive week of wins, signifying a noteworthy end-of-year rally.

For 2023, the DJIA and S&P 500 are estimated to accomplish an uptrend with notable percentages, with the latter remaining close to its 2022 peak. Further, the Nasdaq Composite leaped a staggering 44%, stimulated by a resurgence in large tech companies.

Uptick in Jobless Claims

The integral cause for these substantial gains has been the rising anticipation of federate interest rate reductions from 2024 onwards.

Current market trends are forecasting an 88% probability of a Fed cut by March 2024, as suggested by the CME FedWatch tool, with futures hinting at more easement in the next year.

The latest labor market data release indicates that jobless claims in the U.S. increased by 12,000 last week to 218,000, indicating a possible cooling of the market in the last quarter of the year.

Legal relief for Apple

In business news, Apple (NASDAQ:) shares rose by 0.7% due to a temporary suspension of an import ban caused by a patent dispute by a U.S. appeals court.

Dropping Oil Prices Amid Growing U.S. Reserves

Oil prices declined on Thursday following signs of increasing U.S. reserves, amidst continuous middle-east tensions which could potentially disrupt supply routes.

As per data from an industry group, U.S. crude reserves escalated by 1.84 million barrels while official numbers, alongside reports of heightened output, are expected shortly.

Meanwhile, gold and currency trading also experienced slight declines.

These financial developments can have significant impacts on forex trading and corresponding assets.

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