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U.S. Trade Agreements with Multiple Countries Boost Market Sentiment

Report | Published Friday, 17 January 2020 04:07

Crude oil benchmark prices rose more than +1.0% yesterday (16-Jan)

--- US Trade Deal/Bullish
Wednesday's signing of the US/China phase-one trade deal has bolstered optimism that the trade deal will boost global economic growth and energy demand. In addition, the Senate on Thursday gave final Congressional approval to the USMCA agreement, which could spark new business investment now that the long-term rules are set for North American trade.

--- US Economy/Bullish
Stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data on Wednesday was also supportive for energy demand and crude prices. Thursday's weekly initial unemployment claims report unexpectedly fell -10,000 to 204,000, showing a stronger labor market than expectations of +4,000 to 218,000. Also, Dec retail sales rose +0.3%, right on expectations, although Dec retail sales ex-autos rose +0.7%, stronger than expectations of +0.5% and the biggest increase in 5 months.

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