During the pre-Wall Street open, the much-anticipated U.S. Non-Farm Payrolls report for June hit newswires. NFP came in exceedingly strong at 224,000, beating both expectations (160K) and May’s numbers (72K). Although a good sign for the American economy, the robust NFP figure has not led to gains for U.S. stocks. Through the first half-hour of trade, the DJIA DOW, S&P 500 SPX, and NASDAQ have lagged.
In addition to NFP, several other reports were released to the public this morning. Here is a quick look at the highlights:
Event Actual Projected Previous
Unemployment Rate (June) 3.7% 3.6% 3.6%
Average Hourly Earnings (YoY, June) 3.1% 3.2% 3.1%
In short, the U.S. labor market remained stable in June, with sub-4% unemployment and relatively static wages. The next key economic event is due up at 11:00 AM EST, with the FED’s semi-annual Monetary Policy Report.
U.S. Stocks Pull Back Following Solid NFP Report
Thus far, stocks are on the bear following the stronger-than-expected jobs report. The price action is being credited to new doubts surrounding a potential FED rate cut in July. Given the strong employment situation, traders are considering that the FED may hold rates firm in light of the new information.
September E-mini S&P 500 futures are in the process of retracing from this week’s fresh all-time highs. Here are the levels to watch for the remainder of the session:
- Resistance(1): All-Time High, 3006.00
- Support(1): 38% Current Wave Retracement, 2971.00
- Support(2): Bollinger MP, 2929.25
Bottom Line: Buying dips has been a profitable strategy throughout 2019. If we see continued weakness in stocks following today’s NFP report, going long from the 38% Current Wave Retracement (2971.00) isn’t a bad way to play the action.
Until elected, I will have buy orders in queue from 2972.75 in the September E-mini S&P 500. With an initial stop at 2967.75, this trade produces 20 ticks on a 1:1 risk vs reward management plan.