The US released its weekly jobless claims repost for the week ending on January 8, which rose to 445 thousand claims from the previous week when it rose to 409 thousand while it was expected to rise only to 410 thousand.

Meanwhile the continuing claims for the week ending on Jan 1st rose to 3879 thousand, yet lower than the previous week's reading of 4103 thousand, while markets expected it to reach to 4088 thousand.