Strong Q1 Earnings Reports and Positive April Job Growth Boost the U.S. Economy and Stock Market
Apple, Starbucks, and Ford’s key earnings for the first quarter came in better than market expectations, along with other high-value stocks. The first-quarter earnings report boosted market hopes for a strong economic rally. The U.S. Labor Department released an extremely positive April job growth report, adding to the signs of optimism towards the economy. This report, along with Apple’s outstanding corporate report, helped boost the U.S. stock market.
Even with the recent interest rate hikes, which account for a quarter-basis-point increase in the interbank rate, the market has opened higher in the past three days since Thursday’s decline.
On Friday morning, the U.S. Labor Department released April job growth reports, which added more optimism and signs of optimism towards the U.S. economy. The U.S. stock market was boosted by two main factors in today’s session: the closely watched U.S. job growth report and Apple Inc.’s outstanding corporate report.
The U.S. Labor Department recently released a report that was extremely positive. The report says that U.S. nonfarm payrolls increased by 253.000 positions, beating previous forecasts of 185.000.
Education and health services took the biggest pie, with 77.000 new jobs added. The business and services sector roughly added 41,000 jobs in April. While the leisure and hospitality sectors remain the top gainers since the pandemic. The secretary added an estimated 31,000 new jobs.
Keeping with the good data, the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.4%, beating the market estimate of 4.6% for this month. The fast growth in the hiring sector has been unbelievably strong in the past 6 months, which has significantly helped lower the unemployment rate.
As for year-over-year average hourly wages, the index beat previous forecasts of 4.2% and jumped by 4.4%. The month-to-month average hourly earnings rose by 0.2% higher than the previous expectation of 0.3%, which makes it 0.5%.
Moving the stock market and corporate earnings reports, Apple’s first-quarter earnings report was released on the Fourth of July. Apple’s revenues jumped to $94.8 billion, beating the previous forecast of $92.9 billion for this quarter. The company’s shares rose by 4%, boosting the heavy tech composite Nasdaq GS for two days straight.
The S&P 500 benchmark was up by 1.74%, its highest earning session in the past two weeks. The Nasdaq Composite skyrocketed and jumped by 1.72%, boosted by a positive increase in all major tech stocks.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose by 1.25%, making it the weakest gain index for today’s session.
Meanwhile, the BRICS recent movement has raised some worries about de-dollarization and the threat that this organization might pose to the U.S. dollar. Today, the U.S. Bank commenced on the recent expectations and assured that BRICS members are comparing against the U.S. dollar and that the dollar is still and will be the global leading currency.
The U.S. dollar index fell by 0.14% in today’s session despite U.S. bank comments that the dollar isn’t going to be seen as a global leading currency.