The latest US Initial Jobless claim was published on Thursday March 26, rising to 3.28m, significantly higher than the estimates of 1.7m and more than four times higher than the previous record of 695k in October 1982. The number is expected to climb for the next few weeks given that the US is still in the early stage of the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown.
The March Markit Manufacturing and Service PMI for major economies were published last week, showing a historical fall. Eurozone Service PMI plunged to 28.4 compared to the expectation of 39.5. Overall, the Service PMIs dropped more than the Manufacturing PMIs, hitting all-time lows for major economies.
Global confirmed cases for coronavirus increased to over 550k last week. The US saw the infection number jumping to 85.5k, surpassing Italy and China. On Friday March 27, the UK PM Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock were both tested positive.
On Wednesday March 25, the US Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus package to subsidise American citizens and businesses impacted by COVID-19 and to increase healthcare resources for hospitals.
Eurozone CPI will be announced on Tuesday March 31, with an expectation of 0.8% YoY.
US unemployment rate will be revealed on Friday April 3 and is expected at 4.0%.
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*as at latest realignment 28/02/20
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