Why Stocks Rallied Yesterday

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Stocks Rallied
  • Jobs Report Preview (Redux)
  • Is the VIX Fixed? (Chart)
  • Oil Update: Demand Rebound Helps Energy Markets Stabilize

Stock futures are trading modestly lower with EU markets this morning as traders digest yesterday’s gains ahead of today’s June jobs report.

Sadly, former PM of Japan, Shinzo Abe, has died after an assassination attempt at a campaign stop overnight.

Economically, Japanese Household Spending fell -1.9% vs. (E) +1.2%  in May, rekindling concerns about the health of global growth.

Looking into today’s session, the focus will be almost entirely on the June Employment Situation report from the BLS (E: Job Adds 270K, Unemployment Rate 3.6%, Wages 5.0% y/y) which is due out at 8:30 a.m. ET. There is also one Fed official speaking this morning: Williams (8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. ET).

Bottom line, the market will want to see jobs data that meets our “Just Right” scenario from our Jobs Report Preview which would suggest we are seeing slowing growth in the labor market, yet not a full-on collapse, and increase hopes we are close to or beyond “peak hawkishness” from the Fed. That would open the door to a continued relief rally, however, a report that is either too strong or overly disappointing could send stock falling sharply today.