In latest news, the China HSBC Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index hit 50.4 for November, a 13-month high and up from a final October reading of 49.5. As a result, the dollar was sent dipping as investors sold the unit to invest in stocks and higher-yielding asset classes. Renewed hopes that Greece will soon tap bailout funds sent the U.S. Dollar falling as well.
In Brussels, Eurozone finance ministers and representatives from the International Monetary Fund failed to agree to disburse aid to Greece earlier this week. European governments support giving Greece a two-year extension to trim the country's debt burdens to 120% of GDP, though the IMF did not agree.
Meanwhile, the IMF opposed the two-year extension and says policymakers should stick with plans for Greece to bring debt burdens down to 120% by 2020 — and not 2022 — but has said European countries should take a hit on Greek loans, which has run into opposition in Europe.
Still, the euro gained on hopes that all sides will strike a deal at a follow-up meeting on Monday and free EUR31.5 billion earmarked for the crisis-ridden country.
Later Thursday, European Union leaders will hold the first day of a two-day summit in Brussels to discuss the debt crisis and plans for greater fiscal and monetary integration across the region, while, the Eurozone is to release preliminary data on manufacturing and service-sector activity, leading indicators of economic strength. Germany and France are also to release individual reports.
U.S. markets will be closed on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holidays.