S&P 500 hits record high after bad April jobs-report miss dampens inflation fears

S&P 500 hits record high after bad April jobs-report miss dampens inflation fears
A trader works on the floor at the NYSE in New YorkReuters
  • Tech stocks jumped on Friday after a weak April jobs report led to a rally in stay-at-home stocks.
  • April saw an addition of 266,000 jobs, well below the estimates forecast of 1 million.
  • The April jobs report represented the worst miss since 1998.

Technology stocks soared on Friday and the S&P 500 hit a record high after a weak April jobs report led to investors bidding up popular stay-at-home stocks that have performed well during the pandemic.

April saw an addition of 266,000 jobs, well below the estimated forecast of 1 million. Unemployment rose to 6.1% from 6.0%. Economists had expected the rate to fall to 5.8%. The jobs report represented the worst miss since 1998.
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The report likely gave some credence to the Fed's wait and see approach with regards to raising interest rates and whether rising inflation is transitory or not.
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While the Nasdaq 100 jumped following the release of the April jobs report, the Dow Jones moved lower as cyclical stocks tied to a reopened economy were out of favor.

Here's where US indexes stood at 10:50 a.m. ET on Friday:

Square jumped 6% following its first-quarter earnings report, which surpassed analyst estimates. The company saw its bitcoin revenue jump 1,000% to $3.5 billion, and disclosed that it's the third-largest corporate holder of the cryptocurrency.
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The surge in bitcoin interest has led to banks opening up new business divisions to gain exposure. A report said Citi is planning to launch its own crypto trading services, and Goldman is also launching a cryptocurrency trading desk.

Since the announcement of divorce between Bill and Melinda Gates, more than $5 billion worth of stocks have been transferred to Melinda from Bill Gates' Cascade Investment holding company. Oil prices were lower. West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.7%, to $64.29 per barrel. Brent crude, oil's international benchmark, dropped by 0.6%, to $67.66 per barrel.
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Gold jumped 0.8%, to $1,831.20 per ounce.

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