1. Crude Oil Prices Slump as OPEC Fails to Reach a Deal
The Thursday session of the OPEC meeting in Vienna ended without any decision on cutting oil supply, as Iran seeks an exemption from any cuts due to U.S. sanctions which have already weighed on its exports.
The weekly U.S. Baker Hughes oil rig count, which is a leading indicator of demand for oil products, comes out later in the session.
2. Wall Street Remains Cautious
Wall Street looked set to open lower, with the S&P 500 futures down 0.31% while Dow futures lost 0.33% and tech heavy Nasdaq 100 futures decreased 0.37%.
The Dow and S&P 500 ended in the red on Thursday, nearly erasing yearly gains.
Meanwhile in Asia, stocks were mixed at the close. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng fell 0.35% and the China A50 Index decreased 0.10%. The Shanghai Composite inched up 0.03% while in Japan, the TOPIX rose 0.61% and the Nikkei 225 gained 0.82%.
3. Cryptos Fall 90% from Record Highs
Cryptocurrency prices slumped on Friday, with nearly all major digital coins down at least 90% from their all-time highs.
Virtual currencies have fallen dramatically in recent weeks, with news of regulatory scrutiny and a hard fork in Bitcoin cash cited as major headwinds for the crypto industry.
Cryptocurrencies overall were lower, with the total coin market capitalization at $107 billion at the time of writing, compared to $120 billion on Thursday. Bitcoin was down 12%, trading near a session low of $3,377.40.
Meanwhile the creation of a Bitcoin exchange traded fund is unlikely anytime soon, said SEC OPECBitcoin OPECCommissioner Hester Peirce, who dissented with the authority’s decision to reject a Bitcoin ETF.
“Don’t hold your breath. The SEC took a long time to [establish] Finhub. It might take even longer to approve an exchange traded product,” she said.
4. Jobs Report on Tap
The anticipated monthly jobs report is set for release at 8:30 AM ET (13:30 GMT).
Nonfarm payrolls for November are expected to decline to 200,000 from 250,000 the prior month, while the unemployment rate is expected to stay steady at 3.7%. Average hourly earnings are forecast to increase slightly at 0.3%.
Meanwhile, Michigan consumer sentiment index is released at 10:00 AM ET (15:00 GMT).
5. U.S. Dollar Nears Biggest Weekly Drop in Two Months
The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the Fed is likely to consider a wait-and-see approach after hiking rate increases at its next meeting in December.
The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, inched up 0.10% to 96.85. However, on a weekly basis, the dollar was set for its biggest drop in more than two months against a basket of its rivals.
Falling U.S. yields have also weighed on the dollar, with the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield at 2.886 after dipping overnight to its lowest level since late August. /investing.com
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