Payrolls Beat Expectations, but Signs of Moderation on the Horizon - Total payrolls rose by 263K in November, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 3.7% and average hourly earning rising by 0.6%. Personal income and spending increased 0.7% and 0.8%, respectively, in October, while the core PCE deflator increased 0.2% (MoM) and 5.0% (YoY). The ISM manufacturing index fell to 49 in November, while construction spending slipped 0.3% in October.
Is This the Peak? - There have been recent signs that inflation might have peaked in some countries. In November, Eurozone price pressures cooled for the first time in over a year, as headline CPI slowed to a 10% year-over-year rate, from 10.6% in October. In addition to the Eurozone, Australian inflation data also showed an unexpected softening in price pressures. In October, headline CPI receded to 6.9% year-over-year.