February 7, 2023

The Dow Jones gained more than 300 points after the jobs report showed smaller-than-expected wage gains

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, November 10, 2022.

Brendan McDiarmid | Reuters

US stocks rose on Friday after the December jobs report showed that hiring was slightly stronger and wage gains were smaller than expected, indicating progress amid the Federal Reserve raising interest rates to tame inflation.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 322 points, or 0.98%, but was far from today’s high. The S&P 500 rose 0.95% and the Nasdaq Composite rose 0.59%, but was affected Tesla that decreased more than 4% after the company lowered prices on some vehicles in China.

The December non-farm payrolls report showed that The US economy added 223,000 jobs Last month, just above the 200,000 jobs forecast by economists in a Dow Jones poll. In addition, wages grew more slowly than expected, rising 0.3% in the month where economists expected 0.4%.

“All investors care about is that the data suggests inflation is heading toward the Fed’s target,” said Michael Aron, chief investment analyst at State Street Global Advisors. “That’s all investors care about, and average hourly earnings suggest inflation continues to slow. They’re excited about that.”

Stocks rose again, but remained off today’s highs when the ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI showed that Service industry contracted in December, A sign that Fed increases may slow the economy.

On Thursday, the Dow fell more than 300 points after the release of a stronger-than-expected ADP private payroll report sparked concern that the Federal Reserve would have to continue raising interest rates and keep them high, fueling fears of a recession in the United States.

With Friday’s gains, stocks may head into positive territory for the week. The Dow Jones is currently up 0.48% in the first week of the year and the S&P 500 is up 0.30%. The Nasdaq is still down for the week and is set to drop 0.71%.