Dow up 300 points Friday, 6th October 2023 as stocks reverse sharp losses

Stocks rallied Friday 6th October 2023 even after the release of stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs data and an increase in Treasury yields.

The U.S. economy added 336,000 jobs in September 2023, the Labour Department said. Economists expected 170,000 jobs. 


Stocks posted a surprise turnaround on Friday, 6th October 2023 after initially falling on a hotter-than-expected jobs report. At its session low, the Dow had fallen some 270 points, then surged by more than 400 points at in intraday trading. The Nasdaq and the S&P 500 also lost ground too only but then quickly recovered the losses.


Traders were unclear as to the reason for the intraday reversal. Some noted it could be the softer wage number in the jobs report that made investors rethink their earlier bearish stance. Others noted the pullback in yields from the day’s highs.


The rally may just be because the market had been extremely oversold with the S&P 500 at one point in the week down more than 8% from its high earlier this year.

Yields initially surged after the report, with the 10-year Treasury rate trading near its highest level in 16 years. The benchmark rate later eased from those levels, but was still up around 6 basis points at 4.78%.

Extreme market movements maybe here for a while yet.

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