EUR/USD gained 0.78%. US initial jobless claims at 276,000.

EUR/USD significantly increased during European and North American sessions. As of 5:54 PM EDT the currency pair was trading at 1.1382, which represents a 0.78% gain from the previous close.

US shares closed almost unchanged today. The performance of major indices is presented below:

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  • DJIA closed at 17,685.09, down 0.18%.
  • Nasdaq Composite remained almost unchanged at 4,869.85.
  • S&P 500 lost 0.20% finishing at 2,059.74.

The US Labor Department announced today that the initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose by 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 276,000 in the week ended March 26, which is higher than the analysts’ forecast of the figure to remain unchanged at 265,000.

“Claims remain at a level that is consistent with low rates of involuntary job separation and this report, similar to other labor market-related releases for March, points to no significant shift in labor market trends at the end of the first quarter” said John Ryding from RDQ Economics.

The ISM-Chicago’s regional manufacturing index rose 6 points to 53.6 in March. A reading above 50 means expansion in manufacturing sector.

“The boost to new orders signals growth will continue in the coming months. The bottom in manufacturing may be behind us” said Jay Morelock from FTN Financial.

Oil prices closed this month posting a gain of more than 10%. The WTI Crude finished at 38.11 USD/bbl, which is 0.55% lower than the previous close. Brent Crude was trading at 39.60 USD as of 2:30 PM EDT, which represents a 0.87% gain.

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