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July Non-Farm Payrolls

08/03/2012

Friday morning, August 3, 2012, the Labor Department reported the July Non-Farm Payrolls report.

  •  Headline figure rose +163,000, well above consensus estimates for +100,000

o   Last month’s figure was revised lower from +80,000 to +64,000

  •  Private Payrolls rose +172,000, again well ahead of consensus estimates for +110,000

o   Last Month’s figure was revised lower from +84,000 to +73,000

  •  The Unemployment Rate rose from 8.2% to 8.3%
  •  The Underemployment Rate rose from 14.9% to 15.0%
  •  Manufacturing Payrolls rose +25,000, ahead of consensus estimates for +10,000  
  •  Average Weekly Hours worked was unchanged at 34.5
  •  Average Hourly Earnings rose +0.1% month on month, below last month’s +0.3% gain
  •  Average Hourly Earnings rose +1.7% year on year, again below last month’s +2.0% gain

 

COMMENTARY: The SP 500® Index (SPX) (Figure1.2) continues to maintain its bullish near term formation despite this week’s disappointing overall economic headlines. Today’s better-than-expected Labor report will be the first relatively strong economic headline for the markets to trade off. A close today above last Friday’s 1385.97 three-month high will be important in order to maintain that near term bullish momentum. Investors should also watch the 10-year U.S. Treasury (Figure 1.3) as an important indicator for further SPX upside potential. A 1.60% print in the 10-year may initiate some minor bond to equity reallocations.  

Fig 1.1 U.S. Private Sector Jobs, August 2011 to August 2012

Source:  Bloomberg

Fig 1.2 SP 500 Index SPX Year To Date

Source:  Bloomberg 

Fig 1.3 US 10 year Treasury Year To Date

Source:  Bloomberg

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