Equities rebound as jobs data quash rate hike fears
The worse than expected jobs figures may reignite the debate in the US that exceptional unemployment benefits need to be cut
Equity markets moved higher while the dollar fell on Friday after tepid job US growth numbers assuaged fears of a rapid reduction in stimulus measures and a hike in interest rates.
Traders were also keeping tabs on China US relations after President Joe Biden almost doubled the number of firms included on an investment blacklist, the latest move to show he has no intention of easing pressure on Beijing.
Attention was additionally focused on the start of a Group of Seven finance ministers meeting, with Europeans optimistic the world wealthiest countries will support US backed plans for a minimum global level of corporate tax.
The US economy added 559,000 jobs in May, the second month in a row that the figures came in well below expectations.
Figures released Thursday showed a gain of nearly one million jobs on private US payrolls. Plus new unemployment high quality hermes replica wallet
benefits requests fell below 400,000 for the first time since the pandemic began and a gauge of the crucial US services sector expanded for the 12th straight month and hit a record high.
That sparked worries that the roaring return of the US economy would push the Federal Reserve to “taper” stimulus measures and raise interest rates sooner than markets have been expecting.
But Friday non farm payrolls data from the Labor Department is looked at as the gold standard by the market, and equities in the US and Europe bounced higher after the numbers were released, while the dollar slumped.
The sanctions target companies involved in Chinese surveillance technology used to “facilitate repression or serious human rights abuses”, which “undermine the security or democratic values of the United States and our allies”, the White House said.