Sterling came under pressure again as markets continued to wait for a possible breakthrough in negotiations between Westminister and the DUP on the Irish question - albeit amid some scepticism - ahead of a Sunday deadline to reach a deal with Brussels in order to move forward on trade negotiations.
US gasoline stockpiles built sharply during the latest reference week, resulting in a sharp drop in crude oil inventories.
US labor costs slipped unexpectedly during the third quarter, as wages grew more slowly than anticipated.
Analysts continued to warm towards stocks last month but based on past experience their overall level of optimism was still consistent with further gains in shares, strategists at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch said.
Private sector employment in the US rose more than expected in November, according to data released by ADP on Wednesday.
Strong domestic demand and from outside the single currency bloc boosted German factory orders last month.