Column: Job market shakier

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics launched its latest month-to-month estimates on the U.S. employment state of affairs, displaying a gloomier outlook.

Whereas unemployment stays at a 49-year low of three.6%, only a few new jobs are being created and wages are rising tepidly. The most recent report confirmed solely 75,000 new jobs added throughout Could, half of the latest tempo.

Different financial indicators similar to retail gross sales and residential purchases have been slowing as properly, indications the U.S. financial system could also be faltering, which many economists attribute to the continued commerce disputes with China and Mexico, two of the US’ largest buying and selling companions.

Financial considerations are rising strain on the Federal Reserve to decrease rates of interest after three years of rising charges. Decrease charges might assist stimulate the financial system and wholesome ranges of inflation by making borrowing cheaper.

Following the roles report, U.S. inventory index futures climbed, an indication Wall Avenue is hoping the Fed will give the financial system a lift, serving to U.S. company income as properly.

Gold market units 1-year excessive

Gold costs shot to a one-year excessive this week, buying and selling close to $1,350 per ounce on Friday morning. Gold is benefiting from financial considerations and expectations for decrease rates of interest, as uncertainty will increase demand for the yellow steel.

As gold climbs, it’s pulling silver costs larger, which touched a two-month excessive at $15.15 per ounce this week. In the meantime, industrial metals similar to platinum, palladium and copper have been languishing on considerations of slower world financial development.

Gradual planting continues

Midwest corn and soybean farmers are persevering with to make sluggish progress towards planting this 12 months’s crops, rising expectations that tens of millions of acres will likely be left unplanted.

Some non-public corporations are forecasting losses of greater than a billion bushels of corn due to unplanted or late-planted crops, which might create the tightest provide in many years. Market-watchers are actually awaiting the following official forecast from the U.S. Division of Agriculture, due Tuesday.

Regardless of the continued considerations, corn and soybean costs fell this week amidst the latest commerce dispute with Mexico and market considerations that costs had gone too excessive too quick.

As of noon Friday, this fall’s December corn futures and November soybean futures traded at $four.35 and $eight.83 per bushel, respectively.

Walt and Alex Breitinger are commodity futures brokers in Valparaiso. They are often reached at (800) 411-3888 or This isn’t a solicitation of any order to purchase or promote any market.

Product categories