EUR/USD: Selling Opportunity? Why Nonfarm Payrolls Expectations Could Be Too Low

Goldilocks – signs that the US economy is exiting melt-up conditions and entering into a “not too hot, not too cold” scenario may have been premature. Another sign of overheating could boost the dollar as expectations for interest rate hikes could appear.

The ISM Purchasing Managers’ Indexes dropped from multi-year highs and to around 60 points – indicating robust growth, but one in which rising inflation is causing a cooldown. The publications – alongside a miss in ADP’s private-sector labor figures – have contributed to cooling estimates, probably below 978,000 that the economic calendar shows for April’s NFP.

However, April probably saw an extension of two trends that kicked off in March. First, America’s vaccination campaign gained speed in April, prompting governors to remove additional restrictions and to give consumers more confidence. Shopping became easier with Uncle Sam’s stimulus checks that were delivered in late March and spent throughout April.

In the past two months, America gained more jobs than expected, and by a large margin:

Source: FXStreet

Another sign that April’s NFP could beat estimates comes from the White House. President Joe Biden summoned a press conference for 15:00 GMT, to talk about the job figures. The Commander-in-Chief receives the numbers in advance, and he probably wants to take a victory lap.

If America gains significantly more than one million jobs, the dollar could rise on expectations for the Federal Reserve to begin tapering its bond-buying scheme. So far, only Robert Kaplan, President of the Dallas Fed, called for an early discussion on printing fewer dollars. He might be joined by others.

Another figure to watch is wages. Average Earnings are forecast to drop as low-paying jobs will likely be a significant part of the new hirings. Once again, depressed estimates leave more room for an upside surprise.

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