This week in the stock market
- This week, trading volumes were lower than normal due to the Fourth of July holiday. Markets closed at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday and stayed closed through Wednesday.
- Trade tensions softened between the U.S. and the European Union as a result of reports that the U.S. would stop threats to impose stiff tariffs on car imports in exchange for the EU eliminating proposed duties on U.S. cars.
- The ADP employment report announced that 177,000 jobs were added to the private sector in June, a number that fell below analyst forecasts. Despite this fact, unemployment is the lowest it's been in decades.
Markets were closed for the July 4 holiday
Even the markets need a break once in a while. Tuesday, the markets closed three hours earlier than usual, and they remained closed through Wednesday in observance of Independence Day. Besides being closed on the weekends, the U.S. stock markets are closed for all nine federal holidays and have three shortened trading days during 2018.
The U.S. and EU attempt to make a trade deal
The European Union may negotiate a trade deal with the United States that would eliminate most tariffs on automobiles imported from the EU under the condition that the EU eliminates duties on U.S. cars. This could encourage President Trump to back away from starting a damaging trade war with the EU. After the announcement was made Thursday, auto makers’ stocks saw an increase, with General Motors Co. (GM) up 1.21% and Ford Motor Co. (F) up 0.55% at Thursday’s close. Sounds like a win for MoneyLion Plus members, as both companies are part of the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF in which you are invested.
In other trade news this week, the Trump administration enacted 25% tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese products. A tariff is a tax on a particular type of import. In this case, the tariffs will apply to aerospace, robotics, and manufacturing industries. China is also expected to impose tariffs on $34 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation on Friday at midnight.
Unemployment still the lowest in years
The ADP employment report announced that 177,000 new jobs were added in June, which was below analyst expectations. However, the 3.8% unemployment rates are still the lowest they’ve been in 18 years, despite the fact that companies have complained that they can’t find enough qualified workers for positions. This conundrum may result in a more rapid rise in pay rates, because companies have to pay more to recruit and retain talented employees.
Analysts predict that unemployment could soon fall as low as 3.5%. This may present an opportunity for individuals to seek pay increases through their existing employer or to investigate opportunities with companies that are offering higher pay or better benefits. Get ready to boost your earning power in this job-seekers’ market.
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