EUR/USD at 1.1405. Weakest number of US added jobs in seven months.

EUR/USD was trading above the yesterday close most of the time today, but it sharply declined at the end of the North American session. As of 6:00 PM EDT the currency pair was trading at 1.1405, almost unchanged from the previous close.

US shares slightly increased today. Below is presented the performance of major indices:

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  • DJIA closed at 17,740.63, up 0.45%
  • Nasdaq Composite rose 0.40% finishing at 4,736.15.
  • S&P 500 closed at 2,057.14, which is 0.32% higher than the previous close.

According to the Labor Department report released today, 160,000 jobs were added in April, which is lower than the recent monthly average figure of 200,000. The analysts had estimated that 215,000 jobs would be added last month. This number is the weakest monthly result in seven months.

After the report several financial institutions lowered their forecasts for the number of Fed interest rate hikes from two to one this year.

“We now only expect one rate hike in 2016, in September, as we believe it will take longer for policymakers to accumulate sufficient evidence that economic and labor market activity is rebounding after a soft start to the year,” said Michael Gapen from Barclays.

Oil prices had a volatile session today, but sharply rose during the North American session and closed slightly higher. The WTI Crude finished at 44.66 USD/bbl, up 0.77%. The Brent Crude was trading at 45.32 USD/bbl as of 5:43 PM EDT, which represents a 0.69% increase from the previous close.

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