Market Update: Friday, July 8, 2016


  • Jobs report surprises to the upside, stocks rise. U.S. stocks are moving higher this morning after The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs report showing that U.S. employers added 287,000 new jobs in June versus consensus estimates of 180,000; though the unemployment rate ticked up slightly from 4.8% to 4.9%. Yesterday’s action saw the major indexes little changed, with consumer discretionary leading the way up, while the top three performing sectors year to date–utilities, telecom, and energy–all fell more than 1%. Overnight, major Asian markets closed lower amid continued currency volatility; in afternoon trading, European averages are up around 1%. Treasuries have taken a breather from their recent rally, with the 10-year yield back above 1.40% in recent days, WTI crude oil is up following Thursday’s 4.6% decline, and COMEX gold is falling.


  • Strong June jobs report calms recession fears, but downshift in job growth is underway. The U.S. economy created 287,000 net new jobs in June, far exceeding the consensus of economists polled by Bloomberg News, which called for a 180,000 increase. The strong June reading came after a two-month lull in job creation in April and May that saw the economy create an average of just 80,000 jobs per month. Just as we thought, the April/May data overstated the weakness in the labor market, while the strong June report overstates the strength. After creating an average of 200,000 jobs per month from 2010 through early 2016, the average job gain in the past six months has been 175,000; we think by the end of the year, that may downshift to the 125,000 to 150,000 range. The unemployment rate ticked up to 4.9% in June while wage growth accelerated to 2.6% year over year from 2.5% in May.
  • Fed, China, central banks dominate the week ahead. With the June jobs report in the rearview mirror, markets will focus on key data coming out of China next week (Q2 gross domestic product [GDP], imports and exports, retail sales, and property prices) along with nearly a dozen Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) speakers and the Fed’s Beige Book. The Bank of Canada and Bank of England (BOE) meet next week, with the BOE expected to cut rates in response to Brexit. The U.S. data calendar is highlighted by a post-Brexit view on manufacturing (Empire State Manufacturing) and pre-Brexit views on retail sales, inflation, and industrial production.
  • A look at sentiment. The American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) Sentiment Survey came out yesterday and those that voted bullish reached the highest level in nearly three months at 31%. Neutral remains the popular vote though, at 42%. The average neutral vote in 2016 has been 41%, the highest in 28 years. Lastly, the long-term average for bullish has been 38.5% going back to the start of this survey in 1987. Incredibly, for 35 straight weeks, the bullish reading has been beneath this long-term average, an all-time record and topping the previous record of 33 straight set last year.




  • NATO Summit in Warsaw
  • G-20 Trade Ministers Meeting in China
  • China: CPI (Jun)

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