TWO STRAIGHT MONTHS OF IMPRESSIVE JOB GAINS
The Department of Labor provided Wall Street and Main Street with some great news Friday. Last month, the population of Americans with full-time jobs rose by 255,000. About 70,000 of the workers hired in July found employment within the professional and business services sectors. In addition, the huge June hiring gain was revised slightly upward to 292,000. As labor force participation increased to 62.8% in July, the headline jobless rate stayed at 4.9% while the broader U-6 measure of unemployment came in at 9.7%; the average wage rose 0.3%. Across the past year, the economy has added an average of 206,000 jobs a month.1
SOLID CONSUMER SPENDING IN JUNE
Households boosted their spending by 0.4% in the sixth month of 2016, according to a new report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The June advance matched the gain in May. Personal incomes also rose 0.2% for the second month in a row.2
GROWTH MODERATES IN FACTORY, SERVICE SECTORS
Both purchasing manager indices at the Institute for Supply Management retreated in July. ISM’s manufacturing PMI fell 0.6 points to 52.6; its non-manufacturing PMI dipped a full point to 55.5. The numbers still pointed to healthy industry expansion.3
STOCKS PUSH HIGHER
The jobs report encouraged the bulls Friday, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq Composite up more than 1% and lifting all three major U.S. indices for the week. Across August 1-5, the Dow rose 0.60% to 18,543.53; the Nasdaq, 1.14% to 5,221.12; the S&P 500, 0.43% to 2,182.87. Oil closed the week at $41.98 on the NYMEX; gold, at $1,341.40 on the COMEX.4
THIS WEEK: Monday, Wall Street peruses earnings news from Allergan, Chimerix, Dean Foods, Hertz Global,News Corp., Tyson Foods, and Weibo. Tuesday’s earnings parade offers news from Coach, Container Store, Exelon, Monster Worldwide, Norwegian Cruise Line, Red Robin, Scripps Networks, Walt Disney Co., and Yelp. Wednesday’s earnings include results from Aramark, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Shake Shack, and Wendy’s. Thursday, a new initial claims report emerges along with earnings from Alibaba Group, Dillard’s, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Planet Fitness, and Ruby Tuesday. July retail sales figures appear on Friday, plus the initial August University of Michigan consumer sentiment index, the July Producer Price Index, and earnings from JCPenney.
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1 - zacks.com/stock/news/227064/bls-reports-robust-july-jobs-255k-49-unemployment [8/5/16]
3 - instituteforsupplymanagement.org/ismreport/nonmfgrob.cfm [8/3/16]
4 - markets.wsj.com/us [8/5/16]
6 - treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [8/5/16]
7 - treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll [8/5/16]
Posted on Mon, August 8, 2016
by Sound Financial