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Wednesday saw a general increase in global shares thanks to a Wall Street surge that was sparked by upbeat figures on consumer sentiment and job vacancies.

Early trade saw the German DAX fall close to 0.3% to 15,889.66 while France’s CAC 40 fell 0.1% to 7,363.09. The FTSE 100 in Britain increased 0.1% to 7,473.74. The Dow futures were slightly than 0.1% down at 34,876.00, suggesting that U.S. shares might drift lower. Futures for the S&P 500 decreased 0.1% to 4,501.00.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index for Japan gained 0.3% to close at 32,333.46. The Kospi in South Korea increased 0.4% to 2,561.22. The Shanghai Composite increased by less than 0.1% to 3,137.14, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng remained essentially flat at 18,482.86.

After the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that the monthly Consumer Price Index indicator increased 4.9% in the 12 months leading up to July, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 increased 1.2% to 7,297.70.

The indicator dropped below 5% for the first time since February 2022 since that was less than the forecasted 5.2%.

However, given that it is still far from the RBA’s 2% to 3% target, the central bank may continue to hold onto its hawkish-pause position for some policy flexibility, even if they are probably towards the conclusion of its tightening phase.

Investors were looking at news on consumer confidence and the labor market when the most recent increases occurred. Consumer confidence declined in August, according to research from the Conference Board, surprise analysts who were anticipating levels to remain stable around the high July score. Considering the ongoing pressure from inflation, consumer confidence and spending have been regularly monitored.

Unlike shares, jobs openings is at  its lowest 

Also on Tuesday, the government said that job opportunities dropped more than expected to their lowest level since March 2021. The survey also revealed that for the second consecutive month, fewer Americans were abandoning their jobs, which is a certain indication that the labor market is cooling in a way that may lower inflation.

In an effort to get inflation back down to its target of 2%, the Fed has been hiking its main interest rate for more than a year, to its highest level since 2001. At its most recent meeting, the central bank kept interest rates unchanged, and Wall Street is betting that it will do the same at its meeting in September.

This week will bring several more significant economic data for investors and experts. Later on Wednesday, the government will offer an additional report on the country’s gross domestic product. On Friday, it will also make available its monthly employment report for August.

Benchmark U.S. crude increased 29 cents to $81.45 a barrel in the energy market. The benchmark crude, Brent, increased 21 cents to $85.75 a barrel.

The American dollar climbed somewhat in currency trading, from 145.87 Japanese yen to 146.39 yen. As opposed to $1.0881, the euro now costs $1.0866.

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Dollar weakens as soft data supports Fed pause

On Wednesday, as a barrage of unfavorable economic reports increased the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will suspend its attempts to control inflation, the S&P 500 rose and the dollar extended its losses.

The blue-chip Dow was largely unchanged last week, but the Nasdaq joined the S&P 500 in positive territory.

The final trading day of August saw a small oscillation of all three major U.S. stock indices between red and green. This is still on pace to be the biggest monthly percentage down for the S&P 500 (.SPX) since February and the biggest decline for the tech-heavy Nasdaq (.IXIC) this year.

A slew of economic data, including the second quarter’s GDP that was dramatically revised lower, to 1.7% on a quarterly annualized basis, and private payrolls that fell by 52.3% in a single month, typically shocked to the downside.Weak economic data may be favorable for interest rates since it may provide the Federal Reserve with justification for holding key interest rates steady at its monetary policy meeting next month.