NFP Results

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Last week’s NFP report was below the headline expectations, empowering the stance of Fed doves uninterested in a September interest rate hike.

USD Average Hourly Earnings m/m: 0.1% v 0.2% expected.
USD Non-Farm Employment Change: 151K v 180K expected.
USD Unemployment Rate: 4.9% v 4.8% expected.

(The August 5 release was also revised up to 275K from 255K.)

It was a close call, but a miss none the less. And in a situation where hawks were expecting a stellar number, I’m not sure this is going to be enough for a September hike.

I can’t seem to find it behind a paywall now, but I read a NYT piece during my morning commute that said something like ‘while the NFP number missed it’s headline expectation, it was close enough to allow US traders to head to the Hamptons for the Labor Day weekend.

Wouldn’t that be nice…

Normally I’m all about identifying opportunity heading into a news release and then using the re-pricing that follows to collect home run type trades. In Friday’s blog however, we identified the fact that there would most definitely be action aplenty surrounding the release and had this to say about taking a trade into it:

“Tonight’s release is going to have major implications to both the long and short side. This isn’t the type of release that has a clearly overstated bias that is set up for disappointment in one direction. For me here, trying to pick a direction with the risks on both sides of the market as they are, just isn’t worth it.”

USDX hourly

USDX hourly

Look at that spike!

That’s price action from a confused market and completely justifies the caution shown.

S&P 500 4 hours

S&P 500 4 hours

I also had to include this SP500 chart for the indices traders that love the way their markets respect levels.

So clean!

Today’s trading will be dominated by G20 meetings and the Labor Day holiday in the United States and Canada. US holidays that fall on a Monday always seem to have a flow on effect to Asian trade that starts the week, so be aware of the likely liquidity issues and lack of momentum behind moves.

If you’re in the US or Canada, enjoy your day off and see you back here tomorrow!

This Monday

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CAD Bank Holiday: Labor Day

USD Bank Holiday: Labor Day

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer. The holiday is also a federal holiday.”

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This is a guest post originally appeared on Vantage FX. Reposted with permission.

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