Friday In Numbers

292k – the amount of jobs created in the US in December, beating expectations of 210k. Two more employment reports are due before the next Fed meeting in March, where another rate rise could be on the cards. For all of 2015, the US economy added an average of 221k jobs per month – a slowdown from the 260k averaged in 2014 but still the second-best year for job creation since 1999.

5.0% – the unemployment rate in the US, unchanged from November. The unemployment rate hasn’t been below 5.0% since 2007.

$33 – how much it costs for a barrel of brent oil. Oil went below $33 a barrel during afternoon trading and is now more than 10% lower year-to-date.

5.5% – the biggest gainer on the index was Tesco, ending the day +5.5%, following news that Barclays have raised its investment recommendation to overweight from equal weight. Sports Direct were the biggest losers of the index after releasing a late morning trading update, whereby they announced that results have deteriorated since December 10th. Sales have been hit by a fall in the number of shoppers, whilst also blaming the “unseasonably warm weather”.

0.3% – what Gold is trading at today. The “safe-haven” commodity has benefitted from the global turmoil this week, currently up 4% year-to-date.

-0.7% – the FTSE has fallen for the third consecutive day this week. The index is more than 5% down after 5 days of trading in 2016 and has suffered from its biggest fall in the first week of a year since 2000.

£57.8m – the must-win prize in the National Lottery jackpot this weekend. If no-one matches six numbers on Saturday, the next tier of winners will share the lotto prize.

14 – men and women, who drink regularly, should consume no more than 14 units of alcohol a week. This equates to 6 pints of beer, or 7 glasses of wine.