Jobless claims declined by 10,000 to 265,000 in the week ended Dec. 24 from a six-month high in the prior period, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. The number of applications matched the Bloomberg survey’s median forecast. Claims were estimated for nine states and Puerto Rico.
Economists say Donald Trump is right to credit himself for sending consumer confidence to a 15-year high this month as Americans reported a rosy outlook for job creation, business growth and the stock market.
Britain’s top share index steadied in thin holiday trading on Thursday after setting a record closing high in the previous session, with miners coming under pressure following a drop in prices of major industrial metals.
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