It’s nice to start the day without discussing China’s circuit breakers…
Non-Farm Payroll Report Exceeds Estimates
Earlier today, the U.S. Non-Farm Payroll Report arrived, showing that employers in December added 292,000 workers — and payrolls for October and November 2015 were also revised higher.
This number led to the unemployment rate holding at 5 percent, but worker pay rose less than forecast from a year earlier.
Cue the Rises
As reported on Bloomberg.com, “stocks and the dollar climbed after the report showed durable strength in the job market that indicates employers were optimistic about the economy’s prospects just before the recent rout in global financial markets.”
Of course, only yesterday, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index finished up its worst-ever four-day start to a year thanks to the “market mayhem” in China spreading throughout the world
Oil Still Plays a Role
Traders are also still concerned about what’s happening with world oil prices. Our own Chris Irvin noted the continued importance of falling oil prices to investors, saying, “Oil exploration and production companies are hurting. This creates a problem in the ‘High Yield” markets. (also known as Junk Bonds). Many of the High Yield Bonds are tied up with the oil exploration and production companies. As these companies start to default on their bond payments many are concerned that we could have a smaller version of the housing crisis a few years back.”
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