Stocks Reclaim Record Highs As Jobs Data Fuels Growth Optimism; Gold, Bonds Tumble As Yields Rise: What's Driving Markets Friday?

Zinger Key Points
  • Wall Street hits record highs after stronger-than-expected jobs report.
  • Traders lower rate-cut bets, impacting bond yields and gold.

Wall Street returned to reclaim record highs on Friday after a stronger-than-expected jobs report.

In May, the increase in non-farm payrolls rose by 272,000 units, a jump from 165,000 and significantly higher than the economists’ consensus of 180,000. Hourly wages also surprised on the upside (4.1% year-on-year versus 3.9%), while unemployment came in slightly higher than expected (4% vs. 3.9%).

The hotter-than-expected labor market data sparked a reassessment in rate-cut hopes, with traders closing the door on a July cut, lowering bets on September and currently expecting only one cut by year-end.

The move in rate expectations triggered sharp increases in bond yields, with Treasuries witnessing about a 10-basis-point rise in yields across maturities. This lead to sharp drops in fixed-income markets, with the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF TLT down 1.8%.

Investors opted to look at the brighter side of the jobs report, as a stronger job market means a resilient economy, pushing back fears of a slowdown and thus reigniting the risk-assets rally.

Both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 100 index reached fresh all-time highs during the session. Blue chips were flat, while small caps tumbled 0.8%.

The U.S. dollar index (DXY), as tracked by the Invesco DB USD Index Bullish Fund ETF UUP, rallied 0.8%, eyeing its strongest session since late April.

The rising greenback generated heavy bearish pressure on commodities, with gold down 2.6% and silver plummeting nearly 6% on its worst day since February 2021. Bitcoin BTC/USD was flat at $70,880.

Friday’s Performance On Major US Indices, ETFs

Major IndicesPrice1-day %chg
Nasdaq 10019,083.890.3%
S&P 5005,368.010.3%
Dow Jones38,934.670.1%
Russell 20002,032.91-0.8%

According to Benzinga Pro data:

  • The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust SPY was 0.3% higher to $536.27.
  • The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average DIA was 0.2% up to $390.22.
  • The tech-heavy Invesco QQQ Trust (ARCA: QQQ) rose 0.4% to $465.35.
  • Sector-wise, the Financials Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund XLF outperformed, up by 0.8%, while the Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund XLB lagged, down 0.8%.

Friday’s Stock Movers

  • GameStop Corp. GME plummeted over 30% after missing quarterly results. The meme stock failed to rally minutes after Keith Gill — alias the “Roaring Kitty” — started his YouTube livestream.
  • AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. AMC fell nearly 15%.
  • Mining-related stocks fell heavily with Newmont Corp. NEM, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited AEM and Freeport-McMoRan Inc. FCX tumbling 5%, 6.9% and 4.5%, respectively.
  • Stocks reacting to earnings included Vail Resorts Inc. MTN, down 12%, Samsara Inc. IOT, down 13%, DocuSign Inc. DOCU, down 5% and Braze Inc. BRZE up 2%.

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