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Jobs Report Preview (All About Wages)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Jobs Report Preview (All About Wages)
  • Oil Update (EIA Analysis)

Futures are modestly higher as U.S./Iran tensions continue to recede.

There was no new geopolitical news overnight, and the rockets that hit the “Green Zone” in Iraq into the closing bell on Wednesday were a small, isolated event.  As such, futures are essentially recouping that late-day dip.

Economic data was again mixed as German IP was better than expected, while German exports missed estimates.

Today there is one notable economic reports, Jobless Claims (E: 219K), and markets will want to see a continued decline that effectively reverses the Thanksgiving spike.

There are also numerous Fed speakers today including, in order of importance, Clarida (8:00 a.m. ET), Williams (11:30 a.m. ET), Kashkari (9:30 a.m. ET), Barkin (12:45 p.m. ET), Evans (1:20 p.m. ET).  Broadly, markets expect a continued reiteration of the message that the Fed isn’t raising rates until inflation is sustainably higher.