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- Strong payrolls increase, and wage growth eclipses 3%. Jobs data released this morning showed nonfarm payrolls grew 250,000 in October, beating consensus estimates for a 200,000 gain, while the unemployment rate stayed at a 48-year low. Average hourly earnings grew 3.1% year-over-year last month, the first time that measure of wage growth has eclipsed 3% since April 2009. Overall, we remained encouraged by the labor market’s solid growth, and we think the current pace of wage growth is manageable. We’ll dive more into our thoughts on the jobs report and wage growth in today’s LPL Research blog.
- Three in a row. The S&P 500 increased 1% yesterday, its third straight gain of 1% or more, the first such streak since June 2016 (after the Brexit vote), and before that, February 2016. Strong gains today would be a rare feat, as the S&P 500 hasn’t been up 1% on 4 consecutive days since 1982. Stocks’ newfound strength also took place after the S&P 500 closed at a new 5-month low on October 29. We will take a closer look at why this rare event is extremely bullish in next week’s Weekly Market Commentary.
- Sentiment turns with the calendar. After U.S. stocks endured their roughest October since 2008, investors may find refuge in the turn of the calendar. November and December are typically the strongest months of the year for the S&P 500, as the index has gained 1.5% on average in November and 1.7% on average in December in data going back to 1990.
- More trade talks. Encouraging developments in the U.S.-China trade dispute helped lift global stocks yesterday after President Trump announced he had productive trade discussions with Chinese president Xi Jinping, and reports today indicate Trump has asked cabinet members to draft a trade deal. Xi previously said he is willing to resume trade talks with the U.S. at the G-20 summit in Argentina, which is slated to begin on Nov. 30. Just last month, Trump threatened to levy taxes on the remaining ~$275 billion in goods imported by the U.S. We still believe the U.S. and China will reach a trade agreement before the global economy endures any significant implications from tariffs.
- Europe’s manufacturing health slides further. Trade concerns and political woes continue to weigh on Europe’s manufacturing sector. In October, Markit’s Eurozone manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) dropped to 52.0, the lowest level since August 2016. Eurozone manufacturing activity has declined this year from record highs reached in December as weakening global trade has weighed on new orders and business confidence in the region. Italy’s PMI fell to 49.2, its lowest level in nearly four years and within contraction territory (below 50), as the country has struggled with political instability combined with implications from the U.S.-China trade dispute. Because of these factors, we remain less optimistic on Europe’s economic growth prospects (relative to its developed-market peers).
- Nonfarm Payrolls (Oct)
- Durable Goods Orders (Sep)
- Markit Germany Manufacturing PMI (Oct)
- Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI (Oct)
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