posted at 02:50
Author Name: Mike Bird
Market Update Dec 5
REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer The major European stock indexes are all up, following a story from Bloomberg yesterday which suggested that the ECB will confirm a QE programme in January. The Nikkei in Japan rose 0.19%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed up 0.71%, and China's Shanghai Composite closed up 1.32% after a choppy session. US stock futures are up too: the Dow is 27 points higher ahead of the open, and the S&P is up 2.25 points. Today, the last major piece of data is US non-farm payrolls, coming at 1.30 p.m. GMT. Analysts are expecting that 232,000 new jobs were added in November, up from 214,000 in October.

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