Nonfarm payrolls increase 559,000 in May, below estimates
Tech jumps, financials lag as 10yr yield falls Updates with close of U.S. trading
June 4 Reuters U.S. stocks climbed on Friday, led by technology shares, after a tepid U.S. monthly jobs report relieved investor concerns the Federal Reserve might rein in monetary stimulus soon.
U.S. employers increased hiring in May and raised wages as they competed for workers. But the nonfarm payrolls increase of 559,000 jobs was below the 650,000 forecast of economists polled by Reuters.
Investors were concerned that a robust jobs report that pointed to rising inflation could prompt the Fed to pull back on stimulus put in place during the pandemic.
It keeps pressure off the Fed and will enable them to keep their low interest rate policy in place longer and take more of a waitandsee attitude, said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Cresset Capital Management. The opportunity to keep rates low is good news for risk takers.
Unofficially, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 180.4 points, or 0.52, to 34,757.44, the SP 500 gained 37.14 points, or 0.89, to 4,229.99 and the Nasdaq Composite added 199.98 points, or 1.47, to 13,814.49.
The heavyweight SP 500 tech sector jumped, as longerdated U.S. Treasury yields fell.
Tech and other growth stocks are seen as particularly vulnerable if inflation drives up bond yields and more heavily discounts the value of future cash flows. The Russell 1000 growth index outperformed the…