FXStreet (Delhi) – Elad Pashtan, Research Analyst at Goldman Sachs, notes that in the US, the initial and continuing jobless claims both rose more than expected while the import prices showed a smaller than expected decline. Key Quotes “Initial jobless claims increased to 282k for the week ended December 5 (vs. consensus 270k), reaching a five-month high. Continuing claims rose to 2,243k from 2,161k last week. Although these readings may reflect some genuine weakness, on an absolute basis claims remain near their post-recession lows.” “Import prices declined by 0.4% in November, less than consensus expectations for a 0.8% decline. The reading reflected a continued fall in imported petroleum prices (-2.5% mom and -44.5% on a yoy basis) and softness in industrial supplies prices (-1.5% mom). In contrast, finished consumer goods (ex-autos) prices were flat on the month. Overall, weak commodity prices and the strong dollar.” For more information, read our latest forex news.