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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Jobs Day

Futures are modestly higher ahead of the jobs report following slightly better than expected final global manufacturing PMIs.

Economic data overnight was better than expected as the Chinese Caixin manufacturing PMI (a private market reading) beat estimates (51.0 vs. (E) 49.3). While EU (43.5 vs. (E) 43.7) & UK (43.0 vs. (E) 42.5) final manufacturing PMIs were no worse than feared.

Today there are two important economic reports that have the potential to move markets.  The first is the jobs report, and expectations are as follows:  170K Job Adds, 3.5% UE Rate, 0.3% m/m & 4.4% y/y Wage Growth).

As we covered in the Jobs Report Preview, “Too Hot” readings in job adds or wages will likely push Treasury yields higher and weigh on stocks.  But, a “Too Cold” job adds number would be a potentially more concerning signal over the medium and longer term, regardless if there’s any short term “bad is good” rally.

The other important economic report today is the ISM Manufacturing Index (E: 46.8) and markets will want to see stability.  The August flash PMIs were ugly and if we see the ISM manufacturing PMI drop from current levels, that will increase hard landing concerns.

Finally, there’s one Fed speaker today, Mester at 9:45 a.m. ET, but she shouldn’t move markets.

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