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Support For Futures on Stronger Jobs Data


U.S. stock index futures advanced to record highs due to mostly stronger than expected corporate quarterly earnings reports and despite supply-chain problems, tight labor markets and news that the Federal Reserve approved plans to start scaling back its bond-buying stimulus program.

Today there was support for futures due to the on balance stronger than expected October employment data.

October nonfarm payrolls increased 531,000 when a gain of 450,000 were expected.

The unemployment rate was 4.6% when 4.7% was anticipated.

Hourly earnings increased 0.4%, as estimated.

On the weaker side of the report was the labor participation rate, which was 61.6% when 61.8% was predicted and the average work week, which was 34.7 hours when 34.8 hours were expected.

The 9:00 September consumer credit report is anticipated to show an increase of $15.5 billion.

Despite central banks removing some accommodation, the dominant fundamentals remain supportive for stock index futures.


The U.S. dollar index is higher due to the headline increase in U.S. nonfarm payrolls.

Euro zone retail sales fell by 0.3% from a month earlier in September, following an upwardly revised 1.0% growth rate in August and missing market expectations of a 0.3% advance.

The Halifax house price index in the U.K. rose 8.1% from a year earlier in October, which is the most since June.

The net increase in  jobs in Canada in October was 31,200 from September when an increase of 41,600 was expected.


The 30-year Treasury bond futures are higher despite the bearish larger than expected U.S. October nonfarm payrolls number.

Traders are apparently focusing on the bullish weaker than anticipated labor participation rate and the smaller than expected average work week.

Esther George of the Federal Reserve will speak at 8:30.

Expect higher prices for the 30-year Treasury bond futures now that the bearish Fed tapering news is out of the way.

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