(Bloomberg) — Stocks climbed after a four-day equity rout, with traders brushing off concerns about a still strong labor market keeping the Federal Reserve on its aggressive hiking path.
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A rebound in big tech helped lift stocks Friday. Two-year US rates, which are more sensitive to imminent Fed moves, reversed an advance that earlier drove them to the highest level since 2007. The dollar fell.
Nonfarm payrolls increased 261,000 last month following an upwardly revised 315,000 gain in September, a Labor Department report showed Friday. The unemployment rate ticked up to 3.7% as participation edged lower, while average hourly earnings accelerated from the prior month.
Reaction to Jobs:
Jason Pride at Glenmede:
“Status quo report. This jobs report likely does not push the Fed off its path for a 50 – 75 bp rate hike in December. However, the next big economic report that could move the needle for the Fed is next week’s CPI report.”
Gina Martin Adams at Bloomberg Intelligence:
“Maybe the equity market is taking some solace in the idea that the unemployment rate starting to tick up and that might lead to more weakness going forward, but I think its a net neutral report, frankly.”
Mark Hamrick at Bankrate:
“This report alone won’t sway the Federal Reserve to adopt a new tact on rising interest rates. It has a lot more data to digest, including on inflation, before the next policy-setting meeting in mid-December.”
Mike Loewengart at Morgan Stanley Global Investment Office:
“While the number may be disappointing for investors hoping for a dovish Fed sooner rather than later, keep in mind it was the lowest reading in nearly two years, so there could be signs that the market is slowing.”
Investors are fleeing to the safety of cash funds as the Fed remains firmly hawkish, according to strategists at Bank of America Corp.
The asset class had inflows of $62.1 billion in the week through Nov. 2, according to a note from the bank citing EPFR Global data. That’s contributed to $194 billion of inflows into cash from the start of October — the fastest start to a quarter since 2020.
In corporate news, US-listed Chinese stocks jumped amid fresh optimism over an easing of Covid restrictions. DoorDash Inc. reported revenue that beat estimates, a sign that customers are still ordering pricey takeout despite a squeeze from higher inflation.
Some of the main moves in markets:
The S&P 500 rose 1.5% as of 9:31 a.m. New York time
The Nasdaq 100 rose 1.9%
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.1%
The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 1.9%
The MSCI World index rose 1.9%
The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 1.2%
The euro rose 1.3% to $0.9877
The British pound rose 1.1% to $1.1278
The Japanese yen rose 0.8% to 147.13 per dollar
Bitcoin rose 3.1% to $20,872.14
Ether rose 5.3% to $1,623.19
The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined one basis point to 4.14%
Germany’s 10-year yield advanced three basis points to 2.28%
Britain’s 10-year yield advanced two basis points to 3.54%
West Texas Intermediate crude rose 4.4% to $92.07 a barrel
Gold futures rose 2.3% to $1,668 an ounce
–With assistance from Emily Graffeo, Isabelle Lee, Vildana Hajric and Cecile Gutscher.
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