Stock Futures Show Mild Decline as Jobs Report Indicates Cooling: Latest Stock Market News

Stay updated with the latest stock market news as stock futures experience a slight decline due to a cooling jobs report. Gain insights into the impact of the report on the Federal Reserve's next move on interest rates.

Jul 7, 2023 - 09:31
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Stock Futures Show Mild Decline as Jobs Report Indicates Cooling: Latest Stock Market News
Stock Futures Show Mild Decline as Jobs Report Indicates Cooling: Latest Stock Market News

Stock futures exhibited slight fluctuations on Friday as investors analyzed the monthly US jobs report, seeking clues about the Federal Reserve's future decisions on interest rates.

According to US government data, employers added 209,000 jobs in June, slightly below expectations but still reflective of a healthy pace of employment growth. The unemployment rate dipped to 3.6%.

Futures prices for the S&P 500 (^GSPC) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) saw marginal gains, while futures for the tech-focused Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC) experienced a modest increase of approximately 0.3%.

The release of the June jobs report indicated a slowdown in the US labor market, with job gains falling short of Wall Street forecasts for the first time in 15 months.

Bloomberg data revealed that nonfarm payrolls increased by 209,000 in June, falling below economists' projection of 225,000. However, the unemployment rate remained relatively unchanged at 3.6%, aligning with expectations.

These figures underscore signs of moderation in the labor market, although the unexpectedly strong private payrolls report from ADP on Thursday demonstrated robust demand for workers, leading markets to anticipate another rate hike from the Federal Reserve this month.

As of Friday morning, data from the CME Group indicated a greater than 90% likelihood of a 0.25% rate increase by the Fed on July 26.

Following the release of the report, US stock futures demonstrated minimal movement.

Stock futures slipped as investors eagerly awaited the highly anticipated jobs report.

S&P 500 (^GSPC) futures experienced a 0.07% decline, while Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) futures remained relatively flat with a minor decrease of 0.02%, or less than 10 points. Futures for the tech-focused Nasdaq 100 also experienced a slight drop of 0.21%.

Investors are closely monitoring the June nonfarm payrolls data, scheduled for release before the opening bell, to assess the effectiveness of the Federal Reserve's measures in curbing pricing pressures. The recent jobs data from Thursday indicated a tight labor market, further reinforcing expectations of a rate hike in July.

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