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American equity markets experience soft opening Thursday

FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - The US stock market experienced a soft opening Thursday, in a day dominated thus far by central banking activities across Japan and Europe. Moving tothe United States, Initial Jobless Claims (March 31) came in at 385K, which exceeded expectations of just 350K. Moreover, Continuing Jobless Claims (March 24) were reported at 3.063M, against estimates of only 3.05M.

Beginning with the indices and composites, the NASDAQ fell -0.03% as it settles in region of 3169.99, down -1.03 points in these moments. In addition, the S&P 500 is trading in positive territory, operating at 1554.54, ascending +0.77 points or +0.05% at the time of writing. Finally, the Dow Jones has edged higher at the opening, trading in the zone of 14554.13, presently +0.03% after a movement of +3.77 points.

Sectors are all mixed at the opening, however the Consumer Cyclical and Financial have distinguished themselves as main winners thus far, rising +1.34% and +0.28% respectively. In other news, the price of crude has settled above USD $93.0/bbl Thursday, well off its session highs.

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