US has become the epicentre of the Coronavirus Pandemic, with confirmed cases climbing to 245,213 and death toll reaching 5,983 on Thursday April 2. The numbers are likely to get worse according to WHO. Globally, the confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 1,000,000 on Thursday.
The US initial jobless claims figure was released on Thursday, showing a significant increase to a record high of 6,648,000 people amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the non-farm employment figure for March revealed on Friday April 3 dropped by 701,000. The US unemployment rate now stands at 4.4%, 0.6% higher than the expected 3.8%.
The Nasdaq-listed Chinese coffee company Luckin Coffee saw its share price plunge by 76% on Thursday after the company’s chief operating officer Jian Liu was reported and suspended for certain misconduct, including fabricating 2019 sales by about $310mn. The company’s total market value dropped from $6.6bn to $1.6bn in a single day.
The crude oil price jumped on Thursday and Friday as OPEC+ announced an emergency meeting to be held on April 6 to discuss cutting oil production by at least 6 million barrels per day, aiming to stabilise the oil market.
China CPI for March will be announced on Friday April 10, with an expectation of 4.9% YoY.
US CPI for March will be published on the same day, Friday April 10, with an expectation of 1.6% YoY.
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