On Monday (5), European stock exchanges remain closed due to the Easter holiday. In Asia, the Shanghai stock exchange in China does not open due to the Qingming Festival, and the Hong Kong stock exchange closes on both Monday and Tuesday. American futures indices are up, reacting to positive unemployment data released at the end of last week.
On Friday (2), the United States Department of Employment reported that payroll, excluding the agricultural sector, rose 916,000 in March, well above the expectation of 675,000 economists heard by Dow Jones and 647,000 of the Refinitiv consensus. It is the biggest growth since August 2020. The unemployment rate fell from 6.2% to 6%, in line with the expectation of economists heard by Dow Jones.
Unemployment data contributes to raising expectations about inflation and growth in the United States economy, which, despite undergoing a new wave of reinfections by Covid, vaccinated an average of 3 million people a day in the last week.
Last week, US President Joe Biden unveiled his infrastructure and economic recovery package, which includes spending on transportation, broadband and housing. The plan will be financed, in part, by raising corporate taxes to 28%.
On Monday, the yield on ten-year Treasury bills rose to 1.7181%. And the yield on 30-year yielded securities rose to 2.374%.
In Asia, Indian stock markets led the losses on Monday, with many of the region’s markets closed for holidays. India’s BSE Sensex and Nifty 50 indices fell more than 1% as investors reacted to a new case spike in Covid, setting a new case record in the country, at 103,558 in 24 hours.
On the other hand, in Japan the Nikkei index rose 0.79% in the second, and the Kospi, in South Korea, 0.26%. LG Electronics’ shares, however, fell 2.52% after the company announced it would close its cell phone unit, to focus on “growth areas” such as electric car components.
See the performance of the main indicators at 6:30 am (Brasília time):
* S & P 500 Futures (USA), + 0.48%
* Nasdaq Futuro (USA), + 0.37%
* Dow Jones Futures (USA), + 0.58%
* Dax (Germany), (not opened)
* FTSE 100 (United Kingdom), (not opened)
* CAC 40 (France), (not opened)
* FTSE MIB (Italy), (not opened)
* Nikkei (Japan), + 0.79% (closed)
* Hang Seng Index (Hong Kong), (not opened)
* Kospi (South Korea), + 0.26% (closed)
* Shanghai SE (China), (not opened)
Commodities e bitcoin
* WTI oil, -2.21%, at $ 60.16 a barrel
* Brent oil, -2.19%, at $ 63.44 a barrel
*Bitcoin, -0,39%, a US$ 58.146,60
About the ore: ** Iron ore futures contracts traded on the Dalian stock exchange were up 1.77%, quoted at 979 yuan, equivalent today to US $ 149.08 (in the last 24 hours).
USD/CNY = 6,57
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