An Important Jobs Day

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  • An Important Jobs Day (Jobs Report Preview – Abbreviated Version)

Futures are modestly higher following better than expected economic data overnight and on positioning ahead of today’s important jobs report.

Japanese Household Spending (3.9% vs. (E) 0.6%) and German Manufacturers’ Orders (3.9% vs. (E) 2.1%) both beat estimates. This points to some resilience in the global economy.

Today focus will be on the jobs report and expectations are as follows:  Job Adds: 160K, UE Rate: 3.7%, Wage Growth: 0.3% m/m & 4.3% y/y.  For markets, a job adds figure modestly below expectations with an increase in unemployment and drop in wages should push Treasury yields lower and spur a strong rebound in stocks.

Conversely, if we see a job adds number close to or above 250k, a decline in unemployment or rise in wages, expect higher Treasury yields and lower stock prices.

Outside of the jobs report today we also get Consumer Credit (E: $11.5B) and one Fed speaker, Waller (12:00 p.m. ET), but they shouldn’t move markets.

An Important Jobs Day

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