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The rally on Wall Street continued overnight as investor fears of a regional and global banking crisis continued to ease as President Biden urged federal regulators to take up a set of reforms to safeguard the banking system.
Weekly jobless claims in the US increased by 7000 to 19,800, in yet another sign the Federal Reserve’s aggressive interest rate action to tackle inflation in the US is starting to take effect. The rise in jobless claims is also another sign the fed could begin easing its rate hike stance. The Dow Jones closed 0.43% higher on Thursday while the S&P500 added 0.57% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq rose 0.73%.
Over in Europe, markets continued to rally as investor fears of a banking crisis also continued to ease in the region. UBS shares jumped 3.4% again on Thursday as investors responded to the news of Sergio Ermotti retaking his position as CEO ahead of the Credit Suisse takeover. Germany’s DAX added 1.26%, the French CAC added 1.06% and, in the UK, the FTSE100 rose 0.74%.
Locally yesterday, the ASX jumped 1.02% joining the global rally as banking crisis fears ease, with technology stocks leading the gains yesterday as the sector closed up 1.7%. Materials and Financial stocks also felt some relief yesterday following a week of turbulence in these respective sectors.
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