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US equity futures gained on Thursday after data showed applications for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained near historic lows. Treasury yields ticked lower and a gauge of the dollar extended declines.

Contracts on the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 rose 1% following gains for Asian technology stocks earlier amid signs China is easing a regulatory crackdown. Contracts on the S&P 500 were up about 0.7%. Tesla Inc. climbed more than 4% in premarket trading, with tech giants including Apple Inc. Amazon.com Inc. also among the biggest gainers. 

US jobs data failed to hold any unwanted surprises, while underscoring the resilience of the labor market despite the Federal Reserve’s aggressive monetary tightening. Initial unemployment claims rose inline with expectation to 225,000 in the week ended Dec. 24, Labor Department data showed. Continuing claims rose to 1.7 million in the week ended Dec. 17, the most since early February.

The rally, especially in tech, is a small ray of light as the year draws to a close with investors again focused on risks arising from the the spread of Covid-19. The US said Wedneday it would require inbound airline passengers from China to show a negative Covid-19 test prior to entry. In Italy, health officials said they would test arrivals from China after almost half of passengers on two flights from China to Milan were found to have the virus. 

Hong Kong removed limits on gatherings and testing for travelers in a further unwinding of its last major Covid rules, offering a boost to the global economy but sparking concerns it would amplify inflation pressures and prompt US policy makers to maintain tight monetary settings.

“Investors are going into 2023 with a cautious mindset, prepared for more rate hikes, and expecting recessions around the globe." said Craig Erlam, a senior market analyst at Oanda Europe Ltd. “And then there’s China and its u-turn on Covid prevention. It’s been quite the shift from fighting every case to living with the virus and that creates enormous uncertainty for the start of the year."

The Stoxx Europe 600 index erased losses to trade little changed, with gains for technology stocks offsetting declines for retail and consumer-focused shares.

Global equities have lost a fifth of their value in 2022, the largest decline since 2008 on an annual basis, and an index of global bonds has slumped 16% amid sticky inflation and rising interest rates. 

Elsewhere in markets, oil dipped amid thin liquidity as investors weighed the fallout from a Russian ban on exports to buyers that adhere to a price cap. 

Key events this week:

  • ECB publishes economic bulletin, Thursday

Some of the main moves in markets:


  • S&P 500 futures rose 0.7% as of 9:09 a.m. New York time
  • Nasdaq 100 futures rose 1%
  • Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.5%
  • The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.3%
  • The MSCI World index was little changed


  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.4%
  • The euro rose 0.4% to $1.0656
  • The British pound rose 0.2% to $1.2043
  • The Japanese yen rose 0.9% to 133.21 per dollar


  • Bitcoin rose 0.5% to $16,600.08
  • Ether rose 1.1% to $1,199.55


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined one basis point to 3.87%
  • Germany’s 10-year yield was little changed at 2.50%
  • Britain’s 10-year yield advanced six basis points to 3.72%


  • West Texas Intermediate crude fell 1.7% to $77.63 a barrel
  • Gold futures were little changed

This story was produced with the assistance of Bloomberg Automation.

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