Instant view: Jobless claims fall 9,000 in latest week

Thu Nov 3, 2011 8:44am EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits fell below 400,000 last week for the first time in five weeks and a trend reading also edged lower, suggesting a modest improvement in the still-moribund labor market.

COMMENTS:

PETER BOOCKVAR, EQUITY STRATEGIST, MILLER TABAK + CO IN NEW

YORK

"The labor market continues to stabilize in terms of the amount of people losing their jobs but as seen with yesterday's ADP report, the pace of adding new ones still remains underwhelming relative to what is needed to substantially reduce the unemployment rate."

RAVI BHARADWAJ, MARKET ANALYST, TRAVELEX GLOBAL BUSINESS

PAYMENTS, WASHINGTON

"We have breached the 400,000 level, which is usually considered a pretty notable psychological level for most investors. That said, the breach hasn't been quite significant. On an ordinary day, this would have probably made a greater impact on market activity. But it looks like market activity may be subdued as investors really look forward to the European Central Bank decision, which should be announced within the next couple of minutes."

VIMOMBI NSHOM, ECONOMIST, IFR ECONOMICS, A UNIT OF THOMSON   Continued...