Brent crude futures is maintaining stability this Friday, with traders awaiting an OPEC+ meeting that might lead to further supply cuts. Brent crude was down 8 cents at $81.34 a barrel, following a 0.7% drop in the previous session.
Banks’ preview: NFP, unemployment rate and average hourly earnings
2019-11-11 • Updated
The consensus expectation for the US NFP – 178K jobs. That is stronger than the 138K in May. A number like that (or any other number above 118K) will probably not deter the FED from their planned path. An additional hike is still expected this year as well as a run-off of the QE.
Our expectations in brief: the jobless rate is unchanged at 4.3%; average hourly earnings picking up slightly from 0.2% to 0.3%; probably weaker jobless claims.
The past several weeks have been a real triumph for the bulls in the oil market. The Brent spot price grew by 8.5% during the last month.
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