(Reuters) – U.S. job progress elevated reasonably in September, with the unemployment fee dropping to close a 50-year low of three.5%, which might assuage monetary market issues that the slowing economic system was on the point of a recession amid lingering commerce tensions.
* Sept nonfarm payrolls +136,000 (consensus +145,000) vs Aug +168,000 (prev +130,000), July +166,000 (prev +159,000)
* Sept labor pressure participation fee 63.2 pct vs Aug 63.2 pct (prev 63.2 pct)
* Sept jobless fee 3.5 pct (consensus 3.7 pct) vs Aug 3.7 pct (prev 3.7 pct)
* Common hourly earnings all non-public employees unchanged (cons +0.Three pct) vs Aug +0.four pct (prev +0.four pct)
* Sept U-6 underemployment fee 6.9 pct vs Aug 7.2 pct (prev 7.2 pct)
* Sept non-public sector jobs +114,000 (cons +133,000), vs Aug +122,000 (prev +96,000)
* Authorities jobs +22,000 vs Aug +46,000 (prev +34,000)
STOCKS: S&P e-mini futures ESv1 flip barely larger and have been final up 0.18%, pointing to flat to barely larger open
BONDS: Treasury yields rose barely; 2- 12 months US2YT=RR at 1.4237% and 10-year US10YT=RR at 1.5477%
FOREX: The greenback index .DXY reversed slight losses and was about 0.05% larger
SHAWN SNYDER, HEAD OF INVESTMENT STRATEGY, CITI PERSONAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT, NEW YORK
“Anytime you see the unemployment fee fall Wall Avenue goes to suppose it’s good.”
“Traders are on excessive alert for indicators of a recession … It doesn’t affirm the story. Optimistic payroll shouldn’t be in line with a recession.”
“It’s type of a goldilocks report. It’s not sturdy sufficient to maneuver the Federal reserve away from chopping charges on the finish of October however it’s not weak sufficient to make you involved concerning the labor market or the patron.”
SHAUN OSBORNE, CHIEF FX STRATEGIST, SCOTIABANK, TORONTO:
“The quantity got here simply shy of expectations, however provided that market expectations have shifted after the ADP and ISM numbers, individuals have been bracing for one thing worse than this. So that is within the ballpark of what’s acceptable. Wage progress is a bit gentle, however unemployment dropped. In a broad sense, this was not that dangerous. It most likely provides the greenback a little bit of respiratory room after a little bit of a tough experience the final three or 4 days.”
JOSEPH SROKA, CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, NOVAPOINT, ATLANTA
“The quantity got here up mild relative to consensus, however not too dangerous on the non-public information. However the fruits of the weak ISM information and the payrolls report is rising the percentages in traders mindset that the Fed has extra incentive to think about one other rate of interest discount on the subsequent assembly.”
“The economic system has been going by a low degree of deceleration during the last couple of months and whenever you take them in mixture some is trade-related and a few is time-related, which means you possibly can’t develop infinitely. The Fed’s been proactive on adjusting rates of interest earlier than we noticed the info like this month’s ISM. So possibly the problem that some modest fee adjustment from the Fed is sufficient to preserve the economic system from a deeper decline and lengthen growth, albeit at a slower tempo.”
SAMEER SAMANA, SENIOR GLOBAL MARKET STRATEGIST, WELLS FARGO INVESTMENT INSTITUTE, ST. LOUIS
“Headline job progress, non-public payrolls, and manufacturing payrolls, and wage progress all got here in weaker than anticipated and suggests some softening within the labor market.
“This information most likely reinforces the case that the U.S. is now starting to really feel the results of the continuing international slowdown and doubtless strengthens the case for extra fee cuts, if the Fed chooses to go down that path.”
TOM PORCELLI, CHIEF U.S. ECONOMIST, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK
“If individuals have been genuinely on the sting of the dialog about whether or not or not we’re slipping into recession or not, that is the sort of quantity that ought to pressure them to take a step again from that view. I by no means essentially thought that individuals must be holding that view, however I’m merely highlighting a market actuality. I believe that there was, from the market perspective, an actual threat that we have been slipping into recession. This isn’t a recessionary sort of quantity. This was a superbly sound report in most methods, not in each method. The one factor that I don’t like is that common hourly earnings have been flat. However however, the unemployment fee improved once more, we’re 3.5% on the unemployment report. This isn’t a dynamic that occurs with nice regularity in the USA, traditionally talking. The labor backdrop is definitely in actually fine condition, regardless of quite a lot of the noise that we proceed to listen to about these fears. This report throws quite a lot of chilly water on that.”
“I believe the Fed is locked stepping into October, virtually no end result was going to alter that. Whether or not the quantity was worse than anticipated and even fairly a bit higher than anticipated, I believe the Fed was going to go. The doves on the committee are clearly in management as a result of they’re the voters proper now.
KATHY JONES, CHIEF FIXED INCOME STRATEGIST, SCHWAB CENTER FOR FINANCIAL RESEARCH, NEW YORK
“I believe that the general image confirms the mild slowdown within the economic system that’s already priced into the bond market. However the lack of wage achieve, I believe, is a little bit of a shock. You’ll suppose that given the low degree of the unemployment fee, wages can be ticking up, however truly common hourly earnings have been down a bit. That may very well be a fluke, however they did peak in February…That raises quite a lot of questions – what’s the composition of jobs which can be being added? Is it that we’re pulling in quite a lot of people who’ve been on the margins and subsequently are extra low-wage jobs being added?”
“All in all, it’s not most likely a giant mover for the bond market, however it does go away the probability of a Fed fee minimize on the desk – maybe in October, maybe they’ll determine upon it in December and get extra information.”
“It’s fairly in line with what we noticed with the PMIs, the ISMs… The ISM was fairly gentle. The drop within the manufacturing payrolls was a affirmation of softness in there. We noticed a little bit of a drop in mining as properly, which isn’t stunning. Building, gentle. Total a gentle report, however that was anticipated.”
JOHN VELIS, GLOBAL MACRO STRATEGIST, BNY MELLON, NEW YORK
“Going into it and contemplating what we noticed with the 2 ISM surveys, it might have been so much worse. It’s most likely good for the market and never as dire as many individuals anticipated. It doesn’t imply that the economic system and the roles market are falling off a cliff. Then again, it’s not sturdy sufficient that it’s going to take out this extra Fed easing that has been priced into the curve the previous few days.”
DOUG DUNCAN, CHIEF ECONOMIST, FANNIE MAE, WASHINGTON
“The revisions being up is a optimistic as a result of sometimes when the employment market is slowing the revisions of prior months are down, and that has been the case for about 5 months. So, the truth that the revisions are up this time recommend that there’s not a precipitous slowing in unemployment. The truth that wage charges are holding is nice information, it’s help for the patron.
“There’s not a warning of a major slowdown within the economic system from these information. Our view is that with a purpose to keep the extent of unemployment steady we have to add someplace between 100,000 and 120,000 jobs a month, so this definitely matches that. It doesn’t recommend a major slowing in exercise at this level.
“I’d be stunned if there was a major response (from the market) in both course. What it does do is spotlight the variations of opinion on the Fed board about whether or not the economic system is slowing precipitously or not and also you had a number of dissents from the final fee minimize, that doesn’t assist make clear for them whether or not their disagreements are merited or not.”
JJ KINAHAN, CHIEF MARKET STRATEGIST, TD AMERITRADE, CHICAGO
“There’s a lot to love, particularly given the revisions that occurred. Retail shedding as many roles because it did once more, I don’t suppose it’s a huge shock. We proceed to see that pattern, everyone seems to be making an attempt to determine it out, so to talk, and once more the world they misplaced them in being primarily in clothes.
“Manufacturing could also be somewhat bit regarding, down 2,000 jobs not an enormous factor total. It’s a must to bear in mind this didn’t embrace the GM strike due to timing. In order that one will present up within the subsequent report, however it’s nice that we received a 45,000 revision larger between July and August and that is among the issues individuals actually favored about this. The 2 areas which have been unbelievable being healthcare and enterprise to enterprise providers are simply stud sectors. Each single month these two sectors present up and we simply proceed to see that. The opposite factor that was vital was transportation and warehousing, so once more, areas that take items from one place to a different, up 16,000 jobs. Most of this was an actual optimistic for the economic system regardless of a few of the different numbers we’re seeing.
“We’ve had such a string of dangerous information, that something that exhibits the economic system is doing higher than maybe individuals have been speaking about is properly acquired. I don’t suppose it clarifies the image any which method (for the Fed). It’s another piece of grey thrown into the image.”
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