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International MARKETS-Investors still spinning from ECB brace for US jobs, OPEC

LONDON There was no respite on Friday for investors still reeling from the disappointment of the European Central Bank’s stimulus package the day just before, as they geared up for the most recent U.S. employment information and a crucial OPEC meeting of oil producers.

The prospect of significantly less ECB stimulus than markets had discounted pushed stocks deeper into the red, even though the euro snapped back following soaring 3 % on Thursday in its greatest one particular-day rally since March 2009 and third largest in its history.

Bonds located their footing following Thursday’s tumble triggered the biggest rise in quick-dated German yields for practically five years and the U.S. yield curve steepened the most considering that July.

“Investors paid the cost of an ECB President (Mario Draghi) who more than-promised in his current rhetoric and below-delivered,” said Michael Hewson, chief analyst at CMC Markets in London.

“This brings us to today’s U.S. employment report for November. We would need a quantity below 100,000 for the market to wobble in its belief in a Fed move this month,” he mentioned.

In early trade Europe’s index of 300 top shares was down .five % at 1,456 points .FTEU3, extending Thursday’s 3.3 percent slide. That was its largest fall since Aug. 24.

Britain’s FTSE one hundred .FTSE, France’s CAC40 .FCHI and Germany’s DAX .GDAXI had been all down .4 %. The German and French bourses were on course for a weekly fall of nearly five %.

Earlier in Asia MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outdoors Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS fell 1 %. Japan’s Nikkei .N225 tumbled two.2 %, down 1.9 percent for the week, the most in three months.

U.S. futures pointed to a rise of about a third of a single percent at the open, rebounding from Thursday’s 1.4 percent slide, its largest fall since the finish of September.


The ECB reduce its deposit rate by .10 percentage point to -.30 % on Thursday, smaller than a .15 to .20 percentage point reduce a lot of traders had expected.

The central bank did not increase the amount of government bonds it buys, whilst the six-month extension of the plan was perceived as a bare minimum, given that traders had looked for an extension of a single year or even obtaining it made an open-ended program.

The package sent traders scrambling to unwind brief euro positions, which they had constructed considering that late October when Draghi stated there would be an additional round of stimulus measures.

On Friday the euro EUR= was trading at $ 1.0885, a cent down from its post-ECB peak just below $ 1.10. The dollar index against a basket of currencies, which hit a 13-year high of one hundred.51 prior to the ECB drama, bounced back to 98.27.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, speaking prior to Congress’ Joint Economic Committee on Thursday, mentioned the United States may be “close to the point at which we need to be raising” prices.

She also mentioned the U.S. economy demands to add fewer than 100,000 jobs a month to cover new entrants to the workforce, possibly setting an implicit floor for jobs development that policymakers want to see.

That would be a fairly low bar offered that economists’ median forecast was 200,000, when even the most conservative forecast in a Reuters poll of more than one hundred economists was 150,000.

“Whilst markets would almost certainly respond quite negatively to a number of around 100,000, I do not consider even this would be adequate to deter Fed officials, so the bar truly is very low,” said Craig Erlam, senior market place analyst at Oanda.

Even soon after the ECB surprise and some weak U.S. data lately – notably the manufacturing sector’s biggest contraction considering that 2009 – traders are nevertheless pricing in about a 75 percent opportunity of a rate hike this month and possibly two more subsequent year.

Bonds stabilized following Thursday’s surge. The two-year German yield was steady at -.30 percent EUR= and the U.S. ten-year yield US10YT=RR eased back a couple of basis points to 2.287 %.

Crude oil costs extended Thursday’s three percent rise as OPEC leaders gathered in Vienna. Saudi Arabia has told other members it has no intention of floating a proposal for curbing output, according to sources.

Brent crude futures climbed to $ 43.97 per barrel LCOc1, possessing bounced back from Wednesday’s three-month low of $ 42.43, while U.S. light crude rose two thirds of a single % to $ 41.38 a barrel CLc1.

Metals have been mixed, with gold easing back to $ 1,062.20 an ounce XAU=, near the close to six-year low of $ 1,045.80 struck shortly right after the ECB on Thursday. Nevertheless, it was on course to post its first weekly obtain in seven weeks.

The expected rise in U.S. prices and slowing Chinese demand failed to dent copper, which looked like snapping a seven-week losing streak. Three-month London copper CMCU3 last traded at $ 4,610 a tonne, up 1.two percent on the day and recovering from the six-year low seen on Nov. 23.

(Reporting by Jamie McGeever Editing by Gareth Jones To read Reuters International Investing Weblog click here for the MacroScope Weblog click on blogs.reuters.com/macroscope for Hedge Fund Blog Hub click on blogs.reuters.com/hedgehub)

Zurich Insurance plans to cut about 360 far more jobs worldwide

ZURICH Dec three Zurich Insurance coverage plans to reduce about 360 more jobs worldwide in its worldwide corporate business by the finish of 2017, the Swiss insurer said in an emailed statement on Thursday.

This brings the total number of anticipated job cuts or transfers to around 1,800. At the finish of last year Zurich had around 55,000 employees.

Zurich’s chief executive quit this week soon after coming below stress following a botched takeover bid and a stuttering performance in its main business, prompting the Swiss insurer to seek an outsider to get it back on track.

(Reporting by Paul Arnold Writing by Joshua Franklin)

World’s banks may halve jobs and branches within 10 years – Barclays ex-boss

LONDON Nov 24 Banks across the planet might cut up to half their jobs and branches in the next ten years as they fight to keep relevant and lucrative in the face of sweeping technological alter, the former head of British bank Barclays said on Tuesday.

“The number of branches and men and women employed in the financial solutions sector might decline by as considerably as 50 percent over the subsequent ten years, and even in a significantly less harsh situation I predict they will decline by at least 20 percent,” Antony Jenkins, who was ousted as chief executive in July, stated in a speech.

For Barclays, that would see amongst 26,000 and 66,000 jobs cut worldwide, and 280-700 branches shut in Britain.

Jenkins had reduce scores of branches and was midway by way of a program to cut 19,000 staff when he was fired in July.

In his speech, titled “Approaching the Uber moment in monetary solutions”, he stated technologies was “an unstoppable force” that would increase buyer service, danger management and efficiency and see new banks grow to be household names.

The quantity of capital getting offered to new start-ups and financial technologies firms meant the industry was not far from causing “real disruption”, he said.

Conventional banks would struggle to implement technology at the identical pace as new commence-ups, and this would drag down returns, he mentioned.

“The barriers to entry are very higher in financial services, so that will permit the incumbents to most likely final longer than in several other industries.

“The risk is that incumbents will be pushed into this utility, capital-heavy function that we’ve noticed in other industries like telecoms. Eventually, that will turn out to be intolerable to shareholders, so we could see consolidation and mergers,” he mentioned, adding that this was most likely to come later in the ten-year period.

He said banks also faced a challenge in maintaining or attracting the ideal technologies employees, who preferred to work in Silicon Valley or in other industries.

“If banks want to really compete for talent successfully, they are going to have to make themselves intriguing locations to work. It cannot just be about the cash, since frankly the cash is not going to be there the way it was ahead of 2008,” Jenkins mentioned. (Reporting by Steve Slater Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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