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Stocks Climbed Friday Modestly but may Lose Big from Increased Rate Concerns

Stocks moderately soared as trades began midday on Friday, November 4th, but all numbers indicated weekly declines. The predictions follow a series of mixed conclusions fabricated by investors about the current payroll averages and what they mean for future upward changes in Federal Reserve rates. 

After gaining more than 600 points early in the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has since moved higher by 130 points, which is equivalent to a gain of 0.4%. The S&P 500 experienced a growth of 0.3%, while the Nasdaq Composite saw a loss of 0.1%.

The non-farm income results for October, released on Friday, surpassed expectations and predictions; simultaneously, it fanned flames of concerns that the Federal Reserve will continue to strengthen its monetary rate policy.

The income report revealed the job growth rate inflating despite the surge in interest rates by the Federal Reserve in October. The reports depict an improvement in non-farm wages by 21,600 while current unemployment rates extended to 3.7% – as recounted by the Labor Department. 

Investors see mixed reports as a good sign

Investors remain unsure of future developments in the market, as Friday job reports produce contradictory results, given the increase in unemployment rates, even while jobs inflated. However, most investors view these conflicting results as a positive one, especially since the reports indicate a slowdown in the labor market without a concurrent economic downturn.

The Chief Market Strategist at Truist Advisory Services, Keith Lerner, commented on the possibilities of a positive outcome from the contradictory results. 

“If it was all broad-based strength, I think that would actually be more concerning for the market. In an ironic way, a mixed report is probably a good report for the market because it shows the economy’s not falling off a cliff,” he said. 

U.S. China stocks rose on prospects of a reopening

U.S. China stocks, JD.com, Pinduoduo, and Alibaba, surged as expectations of reinstatement in China grew. The government has, however, not produced an official announcement confirming a reopening. 

Despite the progress on Friday, all trading numbers depict a central downward spiral and are on course to finish the week in the red, with Dow currently under by 2% and about to put an end to a string of four consecutive weeks in which it posted gains. 

Both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq have experienced declines of 4.1% and 6.6%, respectively, and are currently on track to end two-week winning streaks. In addition, technology-focused Nasdaq heads towards its worst weekly accomplishments since the beginning of the year.

Friday’s developments followed another decline on Wall Street, as Dow previously saw losses of 0.5% on Thursday, and S&P 500 and Nasdaq declined by 1% and 1.7%, respectively, the same day. 

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