US Government Budget Deficit Narrows More Than Expected


The US budget deficit narrowed to USD 21.3 billion in December 2021, compared with a USD 143.5 billion gap in the same period last year.

The market expectations of a USD 25 billion gap. Outlays increased 3.7 percent to USD 508.04 billion, while receipts soared 40.6 percent to USD 486.2 billion


US stocks were higher on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones rising almost 200 points, the S&P 500 0.5% and the Nasdaq nearly 1% after inflation figures in the US came in line with forecasts, easing concerns that the Fed will need to tighten faster than early announced.

Also, Treasury yields edged lower, giving the tech sector some relief. On the corporate front, Microsoft shares (1.6%) were among the top performers in the Dow while J&J dropped 1.2%.

Also, Biogen shares sank 8% after Medicare said it will only partially cover the Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm. Traders now turn their attention to the earnings season with Wells Fargo, Citigroup, JPMorgan due to report Friday.

Source : Trade Economics