Today brings the sometimes super important nonfarm payrolls data.  On average, no other piece of economic data has had as much of an impact on bonds over the years, but it's been hit and miss in recent years.  That has a lot do with the fact that the labor market has been so strong in terms of payroll counts and unemployment rates.  Another high reading (anything over 160k, give or take) simply isn't a market moving surprise unless we're talking about something over, say, 250k.

That said, the numbers continue to have some market moving potential as a harbinger for an economic shift.  In other words, things have been good and stable, but if the economic cycle begins to change, this is one of the first places we'd notice.  Even then, it would take more than one bad number to get traders buzzing about such things, so the reaction to the data is more a reflection of tactical trading goals.

What is a tactical trading goal?  Think of this as a way traders target short-term gains.  They might ask themselves "if the number is weaker, what type of trade is most likely to make money?" and the same question for other eventualities. 

Today's number is indeed somewhat weaker, but by the same amount that the previous month was revised higher.  Bonds haven't moved much yet, and that's a good sign because it would mean that we have our chance of a consecutive winning day since this uptrend in rates began 2 weeks ago.

2018-8-3 open


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Tomorrow's Economic Calendar
Time Event Period Forecast Prior
Friday, Aug 03
8:30 Private Payrolls (k)* Jul 189 202
8:30 Unemployment rate mm (%)* Jul 3.9 4.0
8:30 Non-farm payrolls (k)* Jul 190 213
10:00 ISM N-Mfg Bus Act * Jul 63.2 63.9
10:00 ISM N-Mfg PMI * Jul 58.6 59.1