Market Drama

Featuring Zoe CEO & Founder, Andres Garcia-Amaya, CFA

September 5, 2023 
Watch Time: 2 minutes

Welcome to this week’s Market Drama!

  • The Stock Market:
    • The S&P 500 was up and so was Nasdaq.
      •  S&P 500 was up 2.5% last week.
      • Nasdaq was up 3.2% for the week. 
  • Treasury bond yields fell (bond prices went up).
    • All in the back of softer-than-expected job data. 
  • Economic Data:
    • In August, U.S. non-farm payroll was mixed.
      • Total non-farm job numbers were 187,000 above expectations of 170,000.
    • Labor force participation was up to 62.8% (highest post-pandemic).
    • The more people there are working or looking for a job, the less pressure there is on wages, and wage growth is directly linked to inflation. 
    • Average hourly earnings were up 4.3% year-over-year.
    • Hourly earnings below 4% indicate a good sign for inflation. 
    • If we continue to see better-than-expected inflation numbers lose their job market, but not a full blown recession, that seems to be the sweets pot for treasury yields to be falling and for stock markets to continue to go up.

Stay tuned for next week. 

– Andres

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