Friday, August 5, 2016

Stocks Gallop Ahead On July Jobs Boost

While the consensus estimate was for July Non-Farm Payrolls to show a gain of 160,000, the BLS (aka Bureau of Lies and Salaciousness) blew away the number, showing the US economy grew by 255,000 jobs in the usually dolorous month of July. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.9%.

That number sent the dollar screeching higher and stocks rocketing back toward or beyond (S&P 500) all-time highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up more than one percent, along with the NASDAQ, no doubt buoyed by the sensational jobs report and the trouncing Hillary Clinton was giving to Donald Trump in the majority of the latest polls. The elite status quo has their agenda in hand; Wall Street obviously a willing partner.

All major averages finished with modest gains for the week (with the exception of the NYSE Composite), despite the idea that a better economy - one that, say, produces 250,000+ jobs per month - might give the Federal Reserve cause to raise rates. For now, however, good news is good news.

On The Day:
Dow Jones Industrial Average
18,543.53, +191.48 (1.04%)

5,221.12, +54.87 (1.06%)

S&P 500
2,182.87, +18.62 (0.86%)

NYSE Composite
10,781.78, +75.74 (+0.71%)

For the Week:
Dow: +111.29, (+0.60%)
S&P 500: +9.27 (+0.43%)
NASDAQ: +58.99 (+1.14%)
NYA: -2.65 (-0.02)

No comments: