Friday 4th June 2021
On today’s podcast NAB’s Gavin Friend talks through a session that has been in two parts. First off there was the response to a series of strong numbers from the US, including a standout set of employment numbers from the ADP. This positive news added to speculation that the Fed would taper soon rather than later, with the Fed’s Robert Kaplan suggesting they might need to take their foot off the pedal sooner. Stocks regained some of their losses when reports emerged that Joe Biden might compromise on the size of his increase to corporate tax. Tonight the focus will be on the non-farm payrolls numbers out of the US. If they are strong then pressure will mount for a swifter move from the Fed. Or at least that’s what the markets will expect.