Scorching July Jobs Report Means Good Information Is Unhealthy Information

  • The inventory market is poised to hit new lows later this yr following July’s scorching job report, Financial institution of America stated in a Friday observe.
  • That is as a result of inflation is prone to linger and the Fed will probably be pressured to proceed tightening monetary circumstances.
  • “Nonetheless suppose end-game SPX is [below] 3,600,” BofA stated, which represents 13% draw back potential.

The inventory market is poised to hit a brand new low in 2022 as excellent news is now unhealthy information in terms of buyers processing financial information, in line with Financial institution of America’s Michael Hartnett.

In a Friday observe, Hartnett stated a robust July employment report of greater than 400,000 new jobs would consequence within the inventory market ripping decrease over the subsequent four-weeks. The July employment report in the end noticed a acquire of 528,000 new jobs, greater than double economist estimates because the financial system proves to be resilient.

The S&P 500 instantly fell 1% after the discharge of the July jobs report earlier than recovering a few of its losses. Hartnett expects the S&P 500 to in the end commerce beneath 3,600, representing potential draw back of 13% from present ranges. 

The robust jobs report means elevated inflation is prone to linger longer than most suppose, which suggests the Federal Reserve will probably be pressured to proceed with its coverage of aggressive rate of interest hikes on the subsequent assembly of the Federal Open Market Committee in late September.

Between at times, the Fed may have two CPI studies and the August employment report to higher gauge if it ought to elevate rates of interest by one other 75 foundation factors to fight inflation.

Recall that the latest 14% rally within the inventory market was supercharged in July by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s remark that the Fed is not going to forecast future charge hike plans going ahead and as an alternative will solely deal with incoming information to make its determination, leaving the door open for a possible pivot. 

If the financial information continues to be robust and inflation persists, anticipate extra rate of interest hikes which can in the end jolt the inventory market decrease, in line with Hartnett. 

“[It’s] very robust for inflation [of] 2% to three% [over the] subsequent 12 months with out [a] large recession,” Hartnett stated.

However a recession appears much less probably on condition that the US financial system has added greater than 3 million new jobs to date this yr, serving to push the unemployment charge to only 3.5%. In the meantime, jobless insurance coverage claims stay close to historic lows. That energy within the labor market just isn’t typical of an financial system that is on the verge of a recession.

Nonetheless, excessive inflation and lukewarm financial progress might open the door to stagflation, which Hartnett expects to return within the fourth-quarter of the yr and current an enormous brief alternative for buyers.

“Painful rally for a lot of. We are saying fade S&P 500 above 4,200, go brief S&P 500 above 4,342,” Hartnett stated.

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