Stocks rose on Friday with their first major rally of 2023.
- The rally came after a positive jobs report in December and signs that inflation is slowing.
- All 11 sectors of the S&P 500 were up on the day, led by materials stocks, which gained 3.4%.
- The worst-performing sector was healthcare, which rose 1%.
- So far this year, the only sector in negative territory is healthcare, which has lost 0.1%.
- The current 10 Year U.S. Treasury yield is set at 3.56260%
Canada’s job market saw gains for the fourth consecutive month in December, which may give the Bank of Canada more justification to continue raising interest rates.
- The Canadian economy added 104,000 jobs in December, significantly more than the 5,000 increase expected by economists.
- The unemployment rate fell to 5%, lower than the 5.2% expected by analysts.
- The labor force grew by 91,00 last month, and the labor participation rate is at 65%.
European markets were up on Friday following the publication of positive inflation data.
- In December, the annual inflation rate in the Eurozone was at 9.2%, down from 10.1% in November.
- The Stoxx 600 rose 1.1% on Friday and gained 3.4% on the week.
- Basic resource stocks led gains on Friday with an increase of 2.5%.
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Stocks in Asia were mixed on Friday but most countries saw gains.
- Tesla said it will lower prices for some of its cars by between 6% and 13.5% in China, and the carmaker’s suppliers in the country rose as a result.
- Investors believe that Chinese companies will continue to take market share from their Taiwanese rivals in 2023 as geopolitical tensions increase.
- Samsung may need to cut production in 2023, which could negatively impact the South Korean economy.
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Oil prices were flat on Friday as the major benchmarks ended the week down.
- Brent lost 0.2% on Friday and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) dropped 0.1%.
- Brent and WTI both lost 8% last week after gaining 13% in the last three weeks of 2022.
- Saudi Arabia has lowered prices for the crude it sells to Asia — they are now at the lowest level since November 2021.
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The U.S. Dollar was down on Friday after the release of data showing that the U.S. job market is strong.
- Wages were up 0.3% in December after rising 0.4% in November. Wages rose 4.6% in 2022.
- The U.S. Dollar Index, which tracks the USD against six major fiat currencies, lost 1.17%.
- Investors estimate a 73% chance of a 25-basis point interest rate hike at the start of February.
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Bitcoin and Ethereum were stable on Friday and over the weekend.
- SuperRare, Ethereum’s digital work market, said it plans to reduce its workforce by 30% in a cost-cutting measure.
- Crypto exchange Huobi has announced that it will cut its payroll by 20% and will pay workers in stablecoins.
- After USDD fell by $0.03 on Friday the stablecoin is no longer pegged to the U.S. Dollar.