Dow Climbs as April Jobs Scare Tames Taper Tantrum Jitters

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Dow Climbs as April Jobs Scare Tames Taper Tantrum Jitters© Reuters.

By Yasin Ebrahim – The Dow rallied Friday as an unexpectedly weak April jobs report cooled fears the Federal Reserve may be forced to tighten policy sooner than many expect to curb an overheating economy.

The rose 0.49%, or 168 points, after hitting an intraday record high of $ 34,734.36. The was up 0.65%, and the gained 0.87%.

The U.S. economy created 266,000 jobs in April, below the 770,000 seen last month and well short of the 976,000 jobs economists had forecast.

The move cast doubt somewhat on the recovery, and eased fears that the Fed may have to start to talk about tapering its bond purchase.

“So much for ‘a string’ of 1 million payroll gains. That’s what Powell wants to see before he’s comfortable talking about tapering. The April miss makes it virtually impossible to get there by the June FOMC meeting,” Jefferies (NYSE:) said.

With the Fed’s ongoing narrative of lower for longer rate environment strengthened, tech stocks moved higher as fears over a rapid pace of inflation and an overheating eased.

Google-parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:), Microsoft (NASDAQ:), Facebook (NASDAQ:), and Apple (NASDAQ:), the so-called Fab 5 which makes up a quarter of the S&P 500, were in the green.

Corporate earnings, meanwhile, continued to pour in.

Peloton Interactive (NASDAQ:) rose 2% as its Q1 results that topped analyst estimates. The exercise equipment maker flagged for a $ 165 million hit from the recall of its treadmills and cut its outlook on sales and profit.

“[W]hile the recall saga is a tough pill to swallow for investors, the 30% correction is likely overdone,” Wedbush said.

Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:) slipped 5% after reporting a wider-than-expected loss of 42 cents per share as revenue fell on a pandemic-led dent in retail and restaurant demand. 

“We continue to be optimistic that a post COVID-19 environment coupled with recent partnerships could lead to improved fundamentals down the road, but the N-T outlook remains still quite challenging, in our view,” Oppenheimer said in a note.

Roku (NASDAQ:) delivered a sanguine outlook on the year ahead after reporting earnings and revenue that beat analyst estimates, sending it shares more than 11% higher.

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