Global stocks near all-time high, dollar drops after US jobs data

Global stocks rallied on Friday and closed near all-time highs, and oil and gold rose as the dollar fell after US jobs data was strong but not as strong than expected, allaying investor fears that the Federal Reserve will soon curb monetary stimulus.

American employers increased their hires in May and raised wages. But the increase in the non-farm payroll of 559,000 jobs has landed below the 650,000 forecasts of economists polled by Reuters. Read more

The pan-European STOXX 600 index (.STOXX) rose 0.39% after hitting a record high this week. MSCI’s All Country World Index (.MIWD00000PUS), which tracks the shares of 50 countries around the world, gained 0.71%.

A stronger-than-expected jobs report would have heightened fears that the Fed is considering cutting its bond buying program and raising interest rates. Read more

“This lower payroll number should alleviate investor worries about inflation – as long as the job market remains depressed, it’s hard to see wage inflation rise,” said Chris Zaccarelli, chief investment officer at Independent Advisor Alliance in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Zaccarelli added that there could be lingering concerns about headline price inflation as the Fed keeps rates low for longer amid an unprecedented fiscal stimulus.

Market whispers were more prominent, analysts said. US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh in an interview with CNBC welcomed a “good and strong” employment report and predicted that more Americans would return to work in the coming months as that more people would be vaccinated.

On Wall Street, Microsoft (MSFT.O) raised the S&P 500 (.SPX), followed by Apple (AAPL.O), as the index gained 37.04 points, or 0.88%, to 4 229.89, marking an overall jump close to the record of over 12% this year. These technology companies represent more than 5% of the weight of the MSCI all-country index.

Shares of Inc (AMZN.O), Facebook (FB.O), Google Alphabet (GOOGL.O) and Tesla (TSLA.O) also rose.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) rose 179.35 points, or 0.52%, to 34,756.39 while the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) added 199.98 points, or 1.47%, at 13,814.49.

So-called “memes stocks” continued to run wild, with shares of AMC Entertainment Holdings (AMC.N) showing little change but nearly doubling for the week. Read more

Analysts said investors were monitoring the progress of proposed infrastructure spending in the United States. President Joe Biden has rejected a new proposal from Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito, the White House has said. They were to meet on Monday. Read more

10-year benchmarks last rose 20/32 for a return of 1.5585%, from 1.627%, while eurozone bond yields edged down as investors questioned the Fed policy.

Oil rose, with Brent surpassing $ 72 a barrel for the first time since 2019 as an OPEC + supply discipline and demand recovery.

The dollar index fell 0.39%, the euro up 0.36% to $ 1.2168. Strategists in a Reuters poll were almost evenly divided on the dollar’s near-term direction. Read more

New orders for US-made products fell more than expected in April, as a global semiconductor shortage weighed on production of motor vehicles and electrical equipment, appliances and components. Read more


Investors analyzed the economic data to assess whether inflation could force the Fed to change course.

“Will prolonged low-wage inflation allow a longer period of low headline price inflation to prevail?” Or will a Fed that is slow to raise rates – because it’s worried about a weak labor market – create a headline inflation regime? Said Zaccarelli of the Independent Advisor Alliance.

Spot gold gained 1.1% to $ 1,890.65 an ounce after falling 2% on Thursday, its strongest since February.

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