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US stocks ended the week mixed as investors pondered how the worse-than-expected job report will affect the Fed’s schedule for easing its stimulus measures.
The US added 235,000 new jobs in August, missing the average estimate of 733,000 additional jobs. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate fell from 5.4% to 5.2%, which is in line with estimates. The month showed the impact the coronavirus delta variant had on the labor market recovery.
The focus now is on whether the report will have any impact if the Federal Reserve begins tapering its bond purchase program.
“We think today’s report should give the doves on the Federal Reserve Board of Directors, essentially where the Chairman sits today, some fodder to postpone a throttling on the QE asset purchase program, when we think it is It would be a mistake, “said Rick Rieder, CIO Global Fixed Income at BlackRock and head of the Global Allocation investment team.
Here were the US indices as of Friday at 4:00 p.m. ET:
“Friday’s weaker-than-expected jobs are putting less pressure on the Fed to reduce its stimulus measures, which will likely give stocks a short-term boost for investors,” said Jay Pestrichelli, CEO of investment firm ZEGA Financial.
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West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell 1.07% to $ 69.24 a barrel. The international benchmark for Brent crude oil fell 0.63% to $ 72.57 a barrel.
Gold rose 1.13% to $ 1,831 an ounce.