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  1. TSP Talk: Late reaction to weak jobs report?

    The market came into Monday morning with a little hangover from the party it had on Thursday and Friday of last week. The Dow hung tough most of the day and was actually positive until about 3 minutes left in the trading day before it closed down a slight 35-points after being up over 300 near the open. The S&P 500 and Russell 2000 were actually positive at one point during the day before the floor opened up. The S&P lost 1%, which is a bad day but the Nasdaq and small caps each ...
  2. TSP Talk: Stock rally on weak jobs report?

    After a very disappointing jobs report, the market did something that may have surprised a lot of people - it rallied. And it rallied big. The Dow gained 229-points, and other than a partial fade from the Nasdaq, most of the indices held onto their morning gains and we saw new highs in several indices. Bonds closed flat after a strong open. The dollar tanked helping the I-fund, and the S-fund led with the threat of rate hikes easing.

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  3. April Jobs Report

    April’s expected hiring boom goes bust as nonfarm payroll gain falls well short of estimates

    Hiring was a huge letdown in April, with nonfarm payrolls increasing by a much less than expected 266,000 and the unemployment rate rose to 6.1% amid an escalating shortage of available workers.

    Dow Jones estimates had been for 1 million new jobs and an unemployment rate of 5.8%.

    There was more bad news: March’s originally estimated total of 916,000 was revised
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  4. TSP Talk: An early sell off turns into positive reversal day

    Stocks experienced a big positive reversal day yesterday after more selling to start the day, but they bottomed in late morning, and buyers really showed in the final hour of trading. The Dow gained 318-points, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, which were both red for most of the day, closed with solid gains in front of today's jobs report. Small caps were having an awful day but closed well off the lows to post just a moderate loss. Bonds were up again despite the strong jobless claims report ...
  5. TSP Talk: A quiet dip remains in progress

    Stocks were mixed again on Wednesday after a strong open but some selling as the day wore on. The Dow gained 97-points and the S&P 500 was up slightly, but once again the Nasdaq and the small caps struggled and closed the day on the downside. Bonds were up, the dollar was flat, and the I-fund led the TSP funds with a strong gain.

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