U.S. jobs data spoils this week’s stock market party

A sharp rebound in U.S. jobs growth in June has pushed European stocks and U.S. futures further lower as investors grow nervous this will lead to Fed delaying rate cuts. The pan-European STOXX 600 has just hit day lows, sliding 0.7%, while banking stocks turned positive. The move pretty has brought an end to a six-day winning streak in European stocks. Analysts and traders still believe in a July rate cut of 25 bps, but it looks like hopes of a 50 bps cut are off the table for now. “These are good numbers, but a rate cut in July is still all but inevitable,” says Luke Bartholomew, investment strategist at Aberdeen Standard Investments. “The Fed never makes a decision off of one economic data point and the narrative remains inflation is subdued, and global growth concerns are heightened,” Edward Moya, analyst at OANDA, says. 

A big disappointment in German industrial orders for May is roiling European industrial stocks this morning — the STOXX industrial goods index is sliding 1.7%, coming off a strong rally (+20%) so far this year. Ahead of the Q2 earnings season, Deutsche Bank analysts warn of widespread risks: “We expect sector growth to get worse before it gets better and the tone of management during Q2 calls to be more pessimistic than optimistic”. Deutsche Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts have both turned bearish on the world’s largest industrial bearings maker SKF. BAML downgraded the stock to “underperform” citing “continued weakness in automotive end markets and soft industrial demand”. Deutsche Bank also downgraded its earnings estimates for ABB, Siemens Gamesa and Alstom. With the EU capital goods sector trading at a premium to the wider indices, any small disappointment in earnings is likely to lead to a sharp fall in stock prices.

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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

Contributing Author at OANDA
With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya was a Senior Market Analyst with OANDA for the Americas from November 2018 to November 2023. His particular expertise lies across a wide range of asset classes including FX, commodities, fixed income, stocks and cryptocurrencies. Over the course of his career, Ed has worked with some of the leading forex brokerages, research teams and news departments on Wall Street including Global Forex Trading, FX Solutions and Trading Advantage. Prior to OANDA he worked with TradeTheNews.com, where he provided market analysis on economic data and corporate news. Based in New York, Ed is a regular guest on several major financial television networks including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Yahoo! Finance Live, Fox Business, cheddar news, and CoinDesk TV. His views are trusted by the world’s most respected global newswires including Reuters, Bloomberg and the Associated Press, and he is regularly quoted in leading publications such as MSN, MarketWatch, Forbes, Seeking Alpha, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ed holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.