Stocks Edge Higher Before Key US Payrolls Report: Markets Wrap

European shares crept higher, following gains in their Wall Street peers, ahead of a key US jobs report that investors will study for clues on the pace of central bank policy tightening. 

Europe’s Stoxx 600 index was up 0.2%, with chemicals companies and utilities leading the limited advance. UK markets remain closed for holidays marking the Queen’s Jubilee, reducing trading volumes. Contracts on the S&P 500 slipped 0.2% and those on the Nasdaq 100 dropped 0.5% after gains of 1.8% and 2.8% in the respective underlying gauges in New York Thursday. 

In Asia, stocks rose in Japan, Korea, and Australia. Markets are shut in Hong Kong and China, where officials have vowed to carry out a slew of government policies to stimulate the economy. The offshore yuan rose amid thin trading in Asia.

A Bloomberg gauge of the dollar steadied after overnight losses, while the yen held near the psychologically important 130 level against the greenback. Benchmark Treasury yields held at 2.91%.

Investors remain on edge as some fear the pace of US monetary tightening could throw the world’s largest economy into a recession. Friday’s May labor report is likely to show the smallest gain in jobs since April 2021 alongside a downshift in average hourly earnings growth, Bloomberg Economics said

“We really do just need a lot more data, not one data point, not just the jobs data,” Carol Schleif, BMO Family Office LLC deputy chief investment officer, said on Bloomberg TV. “The potential range of outcomes is wider than it has been. We do think that you are going to see a lot of volatility through the summer.”

The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists is for the payrolls data to show a 320,000 gain after a 428,000 increase in April.

Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said the electric carmaker needs to cut staff by around 10%, noting he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy, according to an internal email seen by Reuters.

Federal Reserve Vice Chair Lael Brainard said it was hard to see a case for a September pause in rate hikes and that increases of 50 basis points in June and July seemed reasonable. 

“We believe a slight lean toward defensive sectors and away from the growth-oriented areas of this market still make sense,” said Scott Brown, technical market strategist at LPL Financial. “Outside of this recent rally, very little about this market has changed from a technical standpoint and that makes us wary of calling the all-clear.” 

Meanwhile, OPEC+ agreed to increase the size of its oil-supply hikes by about 50% in July and August, bending to pressure by major consumers including the US to fill the gap created by sanctions on Russian supplies. Oil futures pared overnight gains.

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Here are some key events to watch this week:

  • US May employment report Friday
  • The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization releases its monthly food price index at a time of maximum concern about global supplies on Friday

Some of the main moves in markets:


  • The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.2% as of 8:33 a.m. London time
  • Futures on the S&P 500 fell 0.2%
  • Futures on the Nasdaq 100 fell 0.4%
  • Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were little changed
  • The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose 0.4%
  • The MSCI Emerging Markets Index rose 0.3%


  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed
  • The euro was little changed at $1.0750
  • The Japanese yen was little changed at 129.86 per dollar
  • The offshore yuan rose 0.4% to 6.6300 per dollar
  • The British pound was little changed at $1.2576


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries was little changed at 2.91%
  • Germany’s 10-year yield was little changed at 1.23%


  • Brent crude fell 0.4% to $117.11 a barrel
  • Spot gold fell 0.1% to $1,866.11 an ounce

Source By: Bloomberg

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