U.S. stock exchange traded funds were lower Wednesday morning on global debt jitters but the main event this week is Friday’s report on nonfarm payrolls for June.
“On the economic front, this should be a quiet week with the exception of Friday’s jobs report,” said David Kelly, chief market strategist at JP Morgan Funds.
“Analysts may be marking up their estimates following a good ISM manufacturing number,” he wrote in an outlook. “However, the overall pace of economic growth in the second quarter (which appears to be in the neighborhood of 2%-3%), suggests that a second consecutive monthly payroll gain of below 100,000 is quite possible. Wednesday’s ISM non-manufacturing survey and unemployment claims on Thursday will also help set expectations for Friday’s report.”
The move higher on the week erased more than 70% of the correction in the U.S. stock market since the end of April, Kelly noted. [Stock ETFs Hold the Line Despite Bearish Headwinds.]