In Europe, the STOXX index of 600 European companies rose 3.26 points, or 0.69 percent, to 475.19, its second-highest close in history.
The German DAX index rose 150.92 points, or 0.96 percent, London’s FTSE 100 was up 48.83 points, or 0.68 percent, and the French CAC 40 rose 53.51 points, or 0.80 percent.
Nasdaq futures inched up 41.75 points, 0.27 percent, while S&P 500 futures were up 8.75 points, or 0.19 percent, and Dow Jones futures climbed 77 points, or 0.22 percent, as of 6 a.m. New York time, ahead of the Labor Day market holiday in the United States.
The DXY dollar index, which measures the currency against six major rivals, rose 0.19 points, or 0.20 percent, to 92.22 as of 1:31 p.m. New York time, after falling to its lowest level in a month on Sept. 3, when the Labor Department’s closely watched non-farm payrolls showed that U.S. employers created about a third of the number of jobs economists expected.
The Labor Department’s jobs report, released Sept. 3, showed that non-farm payroll employment rose by 235,000 in August, down from an upwardly revised 1.05 million jobs added in July and far below the FactSet-provided consensus forecasts of 750,000.
Some experts argue that the weak print in the non-farm payrolls data weakens the case that enough progress has been made in the labor market recovery and is likely to draw out the timeline for a Fed decision on trimming asset purchases, known as tapering. The Fed has been making about $120 billion in monthly purchases of Treasury and mortgage securities, one of the crisis support measures the central bank deployed last year to help lift the economy from the pandemic recession.
“This latest employment snapshot interrupts the process of substantial further progress as called for by the Federal Reserve as it considers dialing back on boosting the economy,” Bankrate Senior Economic Analyst Mark Hamrick said in an emailed statement to The Epoch Times. “The immediate question for the central bank is when to begin dialing back on monthly asset purchases as a prelude to an eventual increase in benchmark interest rates.
“This jobs report appears to give Federal Reserve officials some more time to decide or begin.”
The labor market is the key touchstone for the Fed, with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell hinting at the Jackson Hole Symposium several weeks ago that reaching full employment was a prerequisite for the central bank to start tapering asset purchases.
Powell said at the symposium that if further signs confirm the strength of the labor market recovery, this could make it “appropriate to start reducing the pace of asset purchases this year,” with some analysts predicting a possible announcement as soon as during the Fed’s next policy meeting over Sept. 21–22. But the disappointing jobs report has prompted a revaluation of those expectations.
Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a note (pdf) that the downbeat non-farm payrolls number means the door is “fully closed” on a September taper announcement.
“It strikes us as highly unlikely the FOMC [Federal Open Market Committee] will announce a taper of its asset purchases at its September 21–22 meeting. Today’s miss on nonfarm payroll growth will disappoint top Fed officials who have signaled that it would take a couple more reports of 500K–1M jobs per month in order for ‘substantial further progress’ to be achieved,” they wrote.