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“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.” – Milton Friedman

Morning stock market summary

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This morning, we’re seeing a modestly positive tone in equity markets as treasury yields have barely moved. The risk-on mentality can be seen in Bitcoin where prices cracked back above $70K yesterday and now sit right around $71K. Overnight in Asia, India bounced over 3% while Japan and China both traded down nearly 1%. Service sector PMIs for both countries were better than expected. In Europe, the tone is more positive as Services sector PMIs were close to expectations indicating a modest expansion in that sector.

Back here in the US, the ADP Employment report for May just came out, and it came in weaker than expected at 152K versus forecasts for a reading of 175K. As shown below, the monthly reading has been right around these levels for ten months now, but it is well below the four-year average of 308K. With ADP out of the way, the only other report on the calendar is ISM Services at 10 AM.

Investors are closely watching a stream of employment data this week, including the just-released ADP report. But another insightful source often flies under the radar: Indeed’s job posting report.

This report provides valuable details on various employment trends, as we explored in last night’s Closer. One metric we find very useful is the percentage of industries on Indeed with job postings below their pre-pandemic baseline.

In the wake of COVID, job postings plummeted across all industries. However, from summer 2020 to summer 2021, this percentage steadily decreased. Remarkably, from August 2021 to early 2023, no industries fell below their baseline, reflecting an exceptionally tight labor market.

Over the past year, however, the labor market has begun to loosen. In recent weeks, the percentage of industries with below-baseline postings has reached 32%. While that means two-thirds of industries still have above-normal job postings, the trend suggests easing.

This aligns with other labor market indicators – employment remains strong but not strengthening. If the trend in Indeed job postings over the last several months continues, over half of all industries could see fewer job postings by year’s end compared to pre-pandemic levels.

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