CryptocurrencyInvestingBanksReal Estate

Wall Street Is Jumping After Today’s Positive Jobs Report

December 4, 2015, 5:07 PM UTC
Markets Open In New York As Global Stocks Rise
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 30, 2015 in New York City. Following the Thanksgiving holiday in America, stocks were little changed in morning trading with the Dow Jones industrial average down 7 points. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photograph by Spencer Platt — Getty Images

All three major U.S. indexes were up more than a percent on Friday after stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs data built the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this month for the first time in nearly a decade.

All but one of the 10 major S&P 500 sectors were higher. The energy index fell after sources told Reuters that OPEC would maintain its production in an oversupplied market.

Benchmark Brent oil futures and U.S. crude futures were down about 2% on the OPEC news.

Nonfarm payrolls increased 211,000 in November, the Labor Department reported, while September and October data was revised to show 35,000 more jobs than previously reported.

The unemployment rate held at a 7-1/2-year low of 5%, even as people returned to the labor force in a sign of confidence in the jobs market.

“Investors are looking at a potential of a Fed tightening as a glass half full. They are celebrating that the economy is strong enough to sustain higher interest rates,” Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank in Chicago, said.

Fed funds futures contracts showed that traders see about an 80% chance that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in December, up from 79% before the jobs report.

“The (data) cements a rate hike in December,” Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities in New York, said.

The Fed’s policy-setting committee will meet on Dec. 15-16.

The closely watched employment report came a day after Fed Chair Janet Yellen struck an upbeat note on the economy when she testified before lawmakers, describing how it had largely met the criteria for a rate hike.

The S&P 500 suffered its biggest daily drop since late September on Thursday after the European Central Bank disappointed market hopes for a more aggressive economic stimulus program.