The U.S. stock indexes ended the week on a positive note, despite a turbulent trading period, as investors speculated on whether a surge in job creation last month could lead to an increase in interest rates by the Federal Reserve. However, concerns were raised as wage growth appeared to be moderating.
- The S&P 500 (SPX) experienced a modest 0.5% gain for the week, breaking its four-week losing streak.
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) slipped by 0.3%.
- The Nasdaq Composite (COMP) saw a strong jump of 1.6%.
These figures, provided by Dow Jones Market Data, depict the performance of major U.S. stock indexes.
September Jobs Report
The economy showcased an impressive job growth in September, with the creation of 336,000 new positions, nearly double the expected number. However, the unemployment rate remained steady at 3.8%. In addition, hourly wages recorded a mild 0.2% increase, marking their slowest annual growth rate in 18 months.
Impact on Bond Market
The release of the better-than-expected nonfarm payrolls report on Friday prompted a fresh wave of selling in the U.S. bond market. As a result, the yield on the 10-year Treasury (TMUBMUSD10Y) rose by 5 basis points to 5.077%, briefly touching an intraday high of 5.21%. Similarly, the yield on the 30-year Treasury (TMUBMUSD30Y) climbed by 5 basis points to reach 4.941%, reaching its highest level since September 20, 2007.
These bond market movements were reported by Dow Jones Market Data.
By closely monitoring job creation, wage growth, and interest rate speculation, investors are positioning themselves for potential opportunities in a dynamic market environment.