Jobs Strong, Earnings Strong
August 9, 2021
Overcoming jitters about the Delta variant and the reintroduction of mask requirements, stocks climbed higher on strong employment data and a fresh batch of strong corporate earnings.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.78% while the Standard & Poor’s 500 advanced 0.94%. The Nasdaq Composite index gained 1.11% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, picked up 1.61%. 1
Push and Pull
The crosscurrents of strong corporate profits and the rise in Delta variant infections led to a roller coaster week of price action, as markets alternated between daily gains and losses. By Thursday, however, investors appeared to grow more optimistic that the economic reopening was not under serious threat when back-to-back employment reports suggested that the economic recovery remained on track.
A favorable initial jobless claims report was enough to send the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to new all-time highs. Thanks to Friday’s stronger-than-expected employment report, the S&P 500 managed to add to its previous record close, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average set its own record high. The more tech-centric Nasdaq, however, slipped off its highs. 2
Last week reinforced the idea of an improving labor market. After a disappointing ADP (Automated Data Processing) National Employment Report that showed a slowdown in private-sector hiring, with just 330,000 new jobs added, subsequent employment data were much more encouraging. 3
Thursday’s report of a modest drop in initial jobless claims to 385,000 and a more substantial drop of 366,000 in continuing claims was followed by a solid employment report on Friday, which showed employers had added 943,000 new jobs in July—the biggest jump since August 2020. This hiring increase shaved the unemployment rate to 5.4%, down from June’s 5.9% rate. 1,4
This Week: Key Economic Data
Monday: JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey).
Wednesday: Consumer Price Index.
Thursday: Jobless Claims.
Friday: Consumer Sentiment.
Source: Econoday, August 6, 2021
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This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings
Monday: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APD), Tyson Foods, Inc. (TSN).
Tuesday: Sysco Corporation (SYY), Coinbase Global, Inc. (COIN).
Wednesday: Nio, Inc. (NIO), eBay, Inc. (EBAY).
Thursday: The Walt Disney Company (DIS), Baidu, Inc. (BIDU), Doordash, Inc. (DASH), Airbnb, Inc. (ABNB).
Source: Zacks, August 6, 2021
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“The Semiconductor sector is doing about what we predicted and has now had a solid breakout. The last 2 quarters for the year should be good for this sector as chip manufacturers work hard to catch up with demand.” 5
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What to Look for on a Nutrition Label
Nutrition labels contain a lot of helpful information that can guide you in the right direction as you eat healthier. But do you know how to read one correctly? The first thing you will see on a nutrition label is the serving size. This is a guide to show you how many calories a single serving of food contains.
The next section is the nutrients. This section helps you determine the nutritional value of a food. Pay close attention to the saturated fat and added sugar. Lastly, you have the % Daily Value (DV). This is the percentage of each nutrient in a single serving in terms of the recommended amount. 7
Chicken Cordon Bleu II
Time: 60 mins
- 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- 6 slices Swiss cheese
- 6 slices ham
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 6 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- Pound chicken breasts if they are too thick. Place a cheese and ham slice on each breast within 1/2 inch of the edges. Fold the edges of the chicken over the filling, and secure with toothpicks. Mix the flour and paprika in a small bowl, and coat the chicken pieces.
- Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and cook the chicken until browned on all sides. Add the wine and bouillon. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
- Remove the toothpicks, and transfer the breasts to a warm platter. Blend the cornstarch with the cream in a small bowl, and whisk slowly into the skillet. Cook, stirring until thickened, and pour over the chicken. Serve warm. 8
Footnotes and Sources
1. The Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2021
2. CNBC, August 6, 2021
3. CNBC, August 4, 2021
4. The Wall Street Journal, August 5, 2021
5. Howardcm.com, July 29, 2021
6. IRS.gov, September 19, 2020
7. Heart.org, 2021
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