LONDON, September 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Many traders consistently monitor economic indicators in order to recognise and capitalise on trends in economic growth. One of the most closely-watched indicators is the U.S. employment report, which is released on the first Friday of every month by the United States Department of Labor and includes the nonfarm payroll report.
Nonfarm Payroll Report
The nonfarm payroll report compiles the total number of paid U.S. workers, excluding employees of government, private households, non-profit organisations and farms. The release of the figures can give significant insight into the state of the economy - an increase tends to indicate businesses are growing and people have money to spend, fuelling economic growth. A decrease suggests the opposite.
August Nonfarm Payrolls
Looking ahead to Friday's report, Joshua Raymond, Chief Market Strategist of financial trading firm City Index (http://www.cityindex.co.uk/), states: "If the nonfarm payrolls miss general consensus and the US unemployment rate continues to rise, this could apply even more pressure on the Fed to start QE3. What's more the market is optimistic that, despite Ben Bernanke's refusal to commit to QE at Jackson Hole, the extension of the FOMC meeting in September from one to two days is a sign that this could be the moment when QE is much more readily considered, with the extra time used to re-align the fragmentation of the FOMC after three members dissented in the last meeting."
"That said, a stronger reading could dash hopes for QE whilst also helping to show signs of a strengthening US labour market, which considering that consumer spending is responsible for roughly 70% of US activity, could calm fears of a sharp slowdown in US growth. Either way, it is shaping up to be a very interesting and potentially volatile trading session on Friday."
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