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Non-farm payrolls preview: Solid but uninspiring numbers expected

US Non-Farm Payrolls report will be the major focus for today. Markets are expected 175k job growth is March, a solid rebound from February’s terrible number of 20k. Unemployment rate is expected to be unchanged at 3.8%. Average hourly earnings growth is expected to slow to 0.2% mom.

Looking at other employment related data, the employment component of ISM manufacturing rose notably from 52.3 to 57.5. That of ISM non-manufacturing also increased from 55.2 to 55.9. However, ADP employment was rather disappointing, at 129k versus expectation of 184k. Four-week moving average of initial jobless claims dropped to 213.5k. However, Conference Board consumer confidence dropped from 131.4 to 124.1.

All in all, other data suggest that February’s disaster won’t extend into March, even though there might still be downside surprise. Meanwhile, there is prospect of upside surprise in upward revision in February’s number. Overall, the set of data is likely to be solid by uninspiring.

Reactions could now be rather tricky. Stock investors might like to see a set of numbers that’s not strong enough to push Fed for a rate hike this year. And such relief could also lift treasury yields and then Dollar. Another set of weak number will highlight the underlying vulnerability in the economy. Even though that might add to the case of a Fed cut, the worries could overwhelm and send stocks, yields and Dollar lower.

Here are some suggested readings on NFP:

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