July Nonfarm Payrolls Increase More Than Expected
STOCK INDEX FUTURES
Stock index futures were lower in the overnight trade as tensions between the U.S. and China escalated. However, there was some recovery when the July nonfarm payrolls report showed an increase of 1,800,000 when a gain of 1,675,000 was expected and the unemployment rate was 10.2%, which compares to the anticipated 10.5%.
The 9:00 central time June wholesale trade report is estimated to show a 2.0% decline.
The 2:00 June consumer credit report is predicted to show an increase of $8.6 billion.
The technical picture remains constructive for stock index futures.
The U.S. dollar is rebounding after a persistent sell-off in the past few weeks. The U.S. dollar index tested a two-year low yesterday.
However, the U.S. dollar is higher today and there was limited support for the greenback when the July nonfarm payrolls report was released.
Some of the bears on the greenback are speculating that the Federal Reserve may loosen its approach to inflation, which is something analysts believe could happen at its next policy meeting in September.
The U.S. dollar is likely to drift lower from the morning higher prices.
The euro currency is lower despite news that German industrial production increased sharply in June, recovering for the second consecutive month. Total industrial output rose 8.9% in June from May when economists had forecast a 7.8% increase.
In addition, German exports rose 14.9% in June when economists had forecast a 14.4% increase in exports.
The British pound is lower on the belief that the Bank of England is still likely to provide further stimulus before the end of the year.
INTEREST RATE MARKET FUTURES
There was little market reaction to the U.S. employment numbers.
Futures are being supported by ideas that major central banks, including the Federal Reserve, are likely to keep interest rates low for an extended period.
The next Federal Open Market Committee meeting is scheduled for September 16. Financial futures markets are predicting there is a 90% probability that the FOMC will maintain its fed funds target rate at zero to 25 basis points.
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