Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., held steady at a seasonally adjusted 276,000 in the week ended Nov. 7, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected 270,000 new claims last week.
A signal from European Central Bank president Mario Draghi that further policy easing is coming next month pushed the euro and government bond yields lower on Thursday but failed to lift stocks, which buckled under the weight of gloomy corporate news.
Asian stocks rose, with the regional benchmark index heading for a second day of advances, as investors awaited speeches later on Thursday by US Federal Reserve officials, including Chair Janet Yellen, for clues on whether policy makers will raise rates next month.
- USDJPY: 122.97
- EURUSD: 1.0727
- S&P 500: 2,075.00
- NASDAQ : 5067.0