The Bottom Line
● U.S. stocks rallied on the week but still couldn’t close above their May 7th all‐time high. The S&P 500 gained + 0.6%, but the small cap Russell 2000 led for the second straight week with an advance of +0.8%.
● On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Nonfarm Payrolls grew by +559,000, but missed expectations for a +675,000 gain. Still, the unemployment rate fell to 5.8% from 6.1%, better than forecasts of 5.9%.
● Gauges of U.S. manufacturing and services growth from ISM and Markit both showed better‐than‐expected growth, with records from the services sector. The OECD forecasts global growth of +5.8% this year.
Stocks up, but not quite enough…
U.S. stocks were up for the Memorial Day shortened week, with the S&P 500 gaining +0.6%, leaving it just 2.71 points from its May 7th all‐time high. The Russell 2000 small cap index was up +0.8%, while the tech‐heavy Nasdaq Composite gained +0.5%. Friday’s May Employment Report showed a solid acceleration in job growth, but at a pace that was below forecasts. Still the unemployment rate fell to 5.8%from 6.1%, better than expectations of 5.9%. The employment report seemed to cool concerns about the Fed reining in its extremely‐accommodative monetary policy. U.S. Treasuries rose following the employment report, with the yield on 10‐year note falling ‐7 basis points (bps) to 1.55%, down ‐4bps for the week. A Goldilocks economy might be in the making with employment improving, but at a cool enough pace to keep the Fed with its loose monetary policy, but allow economic growth at a hotter pace, like with the May manufacturing and services growth as reported by the ISM and Markit (detailed on the following page). Overseas growth looks good too, as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said that the global economy is set to grow +5.8% this year and +4.4% next year.
Digits & Did You Knows
NOT A BIG NUMBER — At its peak, 3.7 million home mortgages (out of 52.4 million nationwide) had requested and received forbearance protection afforded through the CARES Act that was signed into law by President Trump on 3/27/20. As of March 2021, the forbearance mortgage total had fallen to 2.2 million, or just 4.2% of all mortgages (source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York, BTN Research).
DID YOU NEED IT? — 40.3% of college graduates aged 22 to 27 are working in jobs in which they are “underemployed,” i.e., a job that typically does not require a college degree. Historically, 33.5% of college grads are “underemployed” (source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York, BTN Research).
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