Stocks jumped on Friday as investors weighed a cooling in jobs growth that could reinforce hopes that the Federal Reserve is done with its rate-hiking campaign.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) rose 0.5%, or 160 points while the S&P 500 (^GSPC) added 0.6%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC) gained 0.6%.
The US economy added 150,000 jobs in October, undershooting the 180,000 reading expected, with auto industry strikes a factor, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. The unemployment rate ticked higher to 3.9%.
The health of the labor market is a key input for Fed policymakers, and the signs of a slowing economy should support the case for the central bank to hold off from another rate hike this year.
Read more: What the Fed rate-hike pause means for bank accounts, CDs, loans, and credit cards
Tech stocks were recouping losses earlier in the morning after disappointing results from Apple (AAPL). While Apple’s earnings beat estimates in its quarterly report after the bell, the iPhone maker was cautious in its outlook for growth, saying it expects sales of iPads and wearables to “decelerate significantly.”
Investors are weighing what that could mean about the resilience of consumer, and whether the series of disappointing earnings this season might feed into the Fed’s assessment of how its tightening is dampening the economy.
Stocks rise as weaker jobs market suggest the Fed will pause rate hikes
Wall Street opened the day on a high note, as the market took new job data showing slowing growth as another sign the Fed is done with its tightening campaign, at least for now.
The S&P 500 (^GSPC) edged higher by 0.7%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) increased 0.5% or roughly 160 points.The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC) gained 0.6%.
Stock futures spike after surprise cooling in jobs growth
Stocks on Wall Street moved firmly into the green before the bell on Friday after the US economy added fewer jobs than expected in October.
Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) futures popped 0.50%, or 169 points, while S&P 500 (^GSPC) futures rose 0.52%. Contracts on the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 (^NDX) added 0.38%, turning higher after trading in the red earlier in the morning.
October jobs report shows slowdown in growth
The monthly labor report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed 150,000 nonfarm payrolls were added to the labor market in October, compared with the consensus estimate of 180,000 from economists surveyed by Bloomberg. It marks a fall in growth from the 334,000 reading in September.
The unemployment rate ticked higher at 3.9%, after coming in at 3.8% the previous month.
Tech stocks struggle with focus on Apple, jobs report
Tech stocks slipped amid muted trading on the major US stock gauges as investors assessed Apple’s cautious sales outlook and waited for the October US jobs report.
Futures on the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 (^NDX) fell 0.19%, while S&P 500 (^GSPC) futures dropped 0.06%. Contracts on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) were down 0.03%, or 29 points.
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