Jobs Day

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Yesterday’s Employment Data was Bad for Stocks and Bonds
  • Answering a Question About the Bond Market

Futures are little changed ahead of the jobs report and following mixed European economic data.

EU HICP (their CPI) was disappointing on balance as the headline rose less than expected (9.2% vs. (E) 9.5%) but the more important Core HICP gained 5.2% vs. (E) 5.0%. This report partially refutes the encouraging inflation data from earlier this week.

Today focus will be on the Jobs Report and expectations are as follows:  Job Adds 200K, UE Rate 3.7%, Wages 0.4% m/m, 5.0% y/y.  If we get another solid number above 200k, expect more weakness in stocks and bonds as that will be viewed as “hawkish” data, while a job adds number close to 100k could spark a sharp rally, given yesterday’s declines.

The jobs report isn’t the only important economic report today, however, as the ISM Services Index (E: 55.0) is released later this morning.  Markets will want to see a moderation in both the headline and prices readings.

Finally, there are three Fed speakers today:  Cook (11:15 a.m. ET), Bostic (11:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET), and Barkin (12:15 p.m. ET).