The 1st US Job Report in 2018

Daily Analysis - 02/02/2018

The 1st US Job Report in 2018

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As every 1st Friday of the month, investors await for the actual data on the NFP as U.S. employers likely have boosted hiring in January. Oil prices target has increased helping pushing inflation towards target.

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U.S. job growth is expected to have picked up in January and wages increased further, highlighting the strong momentum in the economy at the start of the year. Nonfarm payrolls forecast is 184,000 jobs were created in January, after rising just by 148,000 in December. The unemployment rate is expected to remain unchanged at a 17-year low of 4.1%. Economists expect to see whether there is a boost to job growth from the Trump administration’s $1.5 billion tax cut package passed in December, in the biggest overhaul of the tax code in 30 years. The reduction in the corporate income tax rate comes down to 21% from 35%, where President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans believed that it could help create more jobs and boost the economic growth. Apple and 6 other companies had announced plans to add roughly a combined 37,000 new jobs in response to the tax cuts as of the end of January. On the other end of the spectrum, the rate of the job growth is slowing as the labor market is near full employment levels. Companies are reporting difficulties finding qualified and specialized workers, which economists say will force some to significantly raise wages as they compete for scarce labor. Average hourly earnings is forecasted to have risen by 0.3% in January after a similar gain in December. That would lift the year-on-year increase in average hourly earnings to 2.6% from 2.5% in December. Annual wage growth remains below the 3% that economists believe is needed to push inflation towards the Federal Reserve’s 2% target, as optimism was reported on Wednesday by Fed officials. Policymakers, who voted to keep interest rates unchanged, described the labor market as having “continued to strengthen,” and economic activity as “rising at a solid rate.” U.S. financial markets are expecting a rate hike in March.

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Facebook focus on user’s experience


Shares in Facebook Inc jumped 2.4% to a record high in premarket trade on Thursday, an almost 50% jump in quarterly revenue and promises to focus on users’ experience on the social network easing concerns over a decrease in usage time. At least 12 brokerages raised their price targets on the stock by as much as $35. Analysts at BofA Merrill Lynch were most bullish with a $265 price target. Facebook’s earnings report added to recent fears around the company by saying that at the end of last year time spent by users had fallen by about 50 million hours a day. Shares fell more than 4% in response. Also earlier this month, Facebook officials said it would change its centerpiece News Feed to prioritize what friends and family share, while reducing the amount of non-advertising content from publishers and brands. Those changes contributed to a fall in quarterly time spent that added up to about 5% on Facebook and 4% on its platforms including Instagram. “We continue to believe that any slowdown in time spent will be compensated for by higher-quality time spent, and that any trimming of ad load will be compensated for by higher ad pricing,” Graham said.

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Oil rises as OPEC compliance eclipses boom in U.S. output


Oil rose on Thursday after a survey showed OPEC’s commitment to stick on its supply cuts, even as U.S. production topped 10 million barrels per day for the first time since 1970. Brent April crude futures rose 59 cents to $69.48 a barrel by 1438, while NYMEX crude for March delivery also rose 59 cents to $65.32. Brent crude increase by 3.3% in January was the strongest start to the year for five years. Investors now thinking which of oil’s current key driving forces will prove dominant - rising U.S. crude output or OPEC’s obedience to its supply cuts. Goldman Sachs raised its 3-month forecast for Brent to $75 from $62 and its 6-month forecast to $82.50 from $75. OPEC oil output rose in January from eight-month lows as higher output from Nigeria and Saudi Arabia offset declines in Venezuela and strong compliance with the OPEC-led supply pact, according to a Reuters survey. Oil prices are unlikely to advance much above $70 a barrel in 2018, given the tug of war between OPEC and the U.S. shale industry, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday. Due to surging shale oil production, West Texas Intermediate crude futures far outpaced contracts for London-based Brent crude, as per evidence on the trading floors. Ten years ago, falling domestic production and a U.S. ban on exports meant that WTI served mostly as a substitute for U.S. inventory levels. As U.S. production and exports grow, global firms that increasingly buy U.S. oil are offsetting their exposure by trading in U.S. financial markets. That also gives U.S. shale producers more opportunity to lock in profits on their own production.

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  • Construction PMI (Jan)
  • 52.0
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  • Nonfarm Payrolls (Jan)
  • 184K
  • 148K
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  • Unemployment Rate (Jan)
  • 4.10%
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  • Average Hourly Earnings (MoM) (Jan)
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