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European stocks closed slightly higher on Thursday as investors continue to seek direction and with US markets closed.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 index closed up 0.3%. Oil and gas stocks pulled ahead with a 1.4% gain despite the continued fall in oil prices after OPEC delayed its policy-setting meeting.
The organisation of leading oil producers will now hold a virtual meeting on November 30 to decide on crude production strategy, following a postponement of their in-person meeting in Vienna. This development has impacted oil prices, with Ice Brent at $80.30 per barrel and Nymex WTI at $75.45 per barrel.
Travel stocks led losses, down by 1%.
European bond yields rose as the eurozone's modest economic improvement reduced expectations of rate cuts by the European Central Bank, aligning with policymakers' statements. Germany's 10-year yield increased by 6 basis points due to a court ruling, leading to at least €37 billion in new off-budget debt.
Preliminary purchasing managers’ index data from the euro zone for November showed employment fell for the first time in nearly three years.
Business activity continued to decline, though the rate of contraction slowed in output and new business.
On the central bank front, Norway held its key rate steady, in contrast to some bets that it was poised to lift.
Investors are also watching Dutch election results after an exit poll showed right-wing populist Geert Wilders to be on track for a dramatic victory with his Freedom Party, the PVV.
And Turkey’s central bank hikes interest rate by 500 basis points to 40%. The hike was double economists’ expectations, who had forecast a 250-basis-point hike. The move was seen as a continuation of the bank’s attempt to combat high inflation and a falling lira, the Turkish currency. Inflation in the country came in at a whopping 61% in October. Futures
The SPI futures are pointing to a 0.2 per cent gain.Currency
One Australian dollar at 7:40 AM was buying 65.60 US cents.Figures around the globe
European markets closed higher. London’s FTSE added 0.19 per cent, Frankfurt gained 0.23 per cent, and Paris closed 0.24 per cent higher.
Turning to Asian markets, Tokyo’s Nikkei was closed, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.99 per cent while China’s Shanghai Composite closed 0.60 per cent higher.
The Australian share market closed 0.62 per cent lower at 7029.Ex-dividends
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WOTSO Property (ASX:WOT)Sources: Bloomberg, FactSet, IRESS, TradingView, UBS, Bourse Data, Trading Economics, CoinMarketCap.