What's moving markets today: June 7, 2019
OPEC could be nearing a deal that could help support battered oil prices.
Khalid al-Falih, Saudi Arabia's energy minister, said on Friday that OPEC is close to agreeing to extend production cuts, Reuters reported. Those cuts, led by Saudi Arabia, are due to expire at the end of June.
However, the Saudi official cautioned that more time could be needed to convince non-OPEC allies such as Russia to extend the agreement.
That news initially lifted US oil prices, which surged as much as 2.4% to $53.83 a barrel early on Friday.
However, most of those gains vanished, with crude recently trading roughly flat on the day at $52.64 a barrel.
The oil market has been slammed in recent weeks by economic worries. Those concerns were not helped by Friday's jobs report, which showed that payroll growth slowed sharply to 75,000 in May.
US oil plunged back into a bear market -- its second in seven months -- on Wednesday following a report that revealed a spike in crude inventories.
US stocks kicked the day off higher on Friday despite a jobs report with a lower-than-expected headline number. 75,000 jobs were added in May, compared with the 185,000 consensus forecast from Refinitiv. Stock futures pares their gains after the report came out but then recovered.
All three indexes are on track to finish the week higher. The Dow is looking to snap a six week losing streak, while the S&P and Nasdaq had previously been down for four weeks in a row.
CNN Business' Christine Romans said the slowdown in job growth for May might be because of tariffs, which could be "denting confidence."
Last year, the US economy added 223,000 net jobs each month. That's well above the 164,000 jobs per month the economy is adding in 2019.
Romans points out the May number is even smaller, with 75,000 jobs being added. That was below expectations.
"Something happened there with business confidence and that stalled business hiring," she said.
Watch her full analysis from CNN Newsroom below.
Editor's note: This post has been updated.
The US economy added only 75,000 jobs in May, a surprisingly low number that was well below what experts had predicted.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate remained at 3.6%, meaning that joblessness is still hovering near a half-century low.
The report supports suspicions that the labor market is finally slowing down from its blistering pace in 2018, with revisions to the past two months subtracting 75,000 jobs. Employers have added 164,000 jobs per month on average in 2019, compared with 223,000 jobs per month last year.
US stock futures cut back some of their gains after the release of the jobs report.
The US economy added75,000 jobs in May, compared with 180,000 expected. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.6%.
Dow futures were flat, while futures for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq were both up 0.1%.
Video-conferencing company Zoom (ZM) shares are surging 14% in premarket trading after reporting its first-ever earnings report.
Its earnings and revenue both beat analysts' expectations. Zoom also expects to have a strong second quarter.
If the premarket gains hold, the stock will open at roughly $80 per share, which is more than 120% higher than its opening price of $36 per share. The company started trading in April.
Carl Icahn's wish of finding a suitor for Caesars Entertainment (CZR) might be happening soon.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Eldorado Resorts (ERI), a smaller rival that owns casinos primarily outside of Las Vegas, is "nearing a deal to combine with the rival casino operator." A deal could be announced later this month.
But, the New York Post said Caesars believes the money Eldorado is offering isn't enough. However, talks will continue that "could soon lead to a higher offer."
Both companies' stocks are up roughly 3% in premarket trading.
US stock futures point to another day of gains on optimism that central banks are preparing for more easing.
- The Dow is poised to rise about 70 points, or 0.3%. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 are set for similar jumps.
- Britain's FTSE 100 and Germany's DAX climbed 0.7%. France's CAC 40 shot up 1.3%.
- Hong Kong's Hang Seng finished up 0.2% and Japan's Nikkei increased 0.5%. But the Shanghai Composite lost 1.2%, and the tech-heavy Shenzhen exchange shed more than 2%.
America's booming labor market may have nowhere to go but down.
The latest jobs report, which will be published at 8:30 a.m. ET, is expected to show that US payroll growth decelerated to 185,000 jobs in May, according to a Refinitiv survey of economists. That would mark a slowdown from April's surge of 263,000.
However, adding that many jobs would still represent very healthy growth, especially given that unemployment is sitting at a 49-year low of 3.6%. Wages gains are expected to be flat, at about 3.2% over the previous year.
A clean bill of health for the labor market could ease Wall Street's concerns about slowing economic growth.