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U.S. Stocks Fall, Bonds Rise After Jobs Report: Markets Wrap

Stock MarketsJan 10, 2020 03:22PM ET
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(Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks fell from near records, while Treasuries rose after the latest jobs report delivered mixed signals on the strength of the economy. The dollar declined versus major currencies.

The S&P 500 edged lower after hiring data fell short of estimates and wage growth was the weakest in more than a year. The benchmark is still on track for a weekly advance as the situation in the Middle East held a tenuous calm. Boeing (NYSE:BA) Corp. slumped, helping to pull down the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Treasuries pushed higher as the wage figures erased any inflation worries. Futures traders maintained the amount of easing they expect from the Federal Reserve.

The jobs data ultimately did little to alter investor views on the strength of the economy or the Fed’s next step. With stocks near all-time highs, markets continue to look past the flare-up in tensions with Iran and focus on the potential for a pickup in global economic growth.

“This is the opposite of a game-changer. It’s very consistent with everyone’s views going into this report, the Fed stays on hold and the economy is slowing down,” said Nela Richardson, an investment strategist at Edward Jones. “We’re consistent on the overall view the Fed stays pat on short-term rates this year. If anything, this report tilts the Fed a little bit towards being more accommodative, not less.”

Elsewhere, European shares rose, while bonds in the region advanced. Gold turned gained, while West Texas oil dropped below $59 a barrel.

These are moves in major markets:

Stocks

  • The S&P 500 Index fell 0.2% as of 3:11 p.m. New York time.
  • The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 0.1%.
  • Germany’s DAX Index gained 0.3%.
Currencies

  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.1%.
  • The British pound dropped 0.1% at $1.3059.
  • The euro rose 0.1% at $1.1112.
  • The Japanese yen weakened 0.1% to 109.63 per dollar.
Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries fell three basis points to 1.82%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield fell five basis points to 0.773%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield declined two basis points to -0.198%.
Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude dropped 0.9% to $59.05 a barrel.
  • Gold rose rose 0.4% at $1,560.30 an ounce.

U.S. Stocks Fall, Bonds Rise After Jobs Report: Markets Wrap
 

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