Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 11, 2022 in New York City.
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Stock futures were flat on Thursday as investors looked beyond the optimism of Fed minutes released in the afternoon towards employment data due later this week.
Futures contracts linked to the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost just 11 points. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures were also marginally lower.
Moves follow a Intermittent trading session While traders fill in a mixed bag of economic data.
The November Job Openings and Employment Turnover, or JOLTS, report showed that the labor market remained strong, reinforcing fears that the Federal Reserve may continue to raise interest rates as long as there remains a hot market for workers. But the ISM manufacturing index showed the sector contracting after 30 months of expansion, which investors took as a positive sign that previous rate hikes had the intended effect of cooling the economy.
Meanwhile, the minutes of the December meeting of the Federal Reserve showed the central bank staying put committed to raising interest rates “for a while”.
Keith Buchanan, portfolio manager at Global Investments, said investors are suffering from “fresh wounds” after 2022, which brought in the worst year for the stock market since 2008. He said investors are trying to weigh what each new piece of economic data could indicate. Or a Fed suspension with broader concerns about the future.
“Every day that goes by and we get a data point moving in the right direction, it’s positive,” Buchanan said. But it was soon followed by apprehension about the sensitivity and sensitivity of this moment ».
On Friday, investors will review nonfarm payrolls data, the unemployment rate and hourly wages. Since the report could have a significant impact on the Fed’s next moves, it has the potential to affect the market. Investors don’t want to see big gains in wage growth.
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