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ECB action weighs on US, European markets

Posted December 04, 2015 10:12:14

Stocks in the United States and Europe fell sharply in the overnight trading session, with investors disappointed by the European Central Bank’s (ECB) meagre rate cut and extended stimulus measures.

The ECB reduce the overnight deposit rate by 10 basis points, from -.two per cent to -.3 per cent.

It also extended its asset buying system until March 2017, but the size of the stimulus has not been increased, as many analysts had anticipated.

In official US economic news, initial time claims for jobless rewards enhanced last week, but general they remain at levels constant with a strengthening labour industry.

That data comes ahead of tomorrow’s employment report, which is expected to show 200,000 jobs were added in the US in the course of November.

The Dow Jones Industrial Typical closed down 1.42 per cent to 17,477.

The S&P 500 Index lost 1.44 per cent to finish at two,049 and the Nasdaq fell 1.67 per cent to 5,037.

Overnight, shares in Europe suffered their biggest fall in 3 months.

London’s FTSE one hundred Index closed 2.27 per cent reduce at 6,275.

The Australian industry was anticipated to open decrease and at 9:00am AEDT.

The ASX SPI 200 was down 1.3 per cent to five,164.

At the exact same time, the Australian dollar was buying 73.44 US cents, having rallied overnight.

On the cross-prices it was worth 67.1 euro cents, 48.46 British pence, 90 Japanese yen and $ NZ1.09.

West Texas Crude oil was greater at $ US41.03 a barrel, Tapis was worth $ US44.19 and spot gold had edged up to $ US1,061.70 an ounce.

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