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JPM Says 75bp Hike In September Now “Looks Likely” With Goldman Still At 50bp


JPM Says 75bp Hike In September Now “Looks Likely” With Goldman Still At 50bp

According to superficial reads of today’s jobs report (which however are sorely lacking for reasons we explained earlier), the July jobs report “blew the doors off expectations” in the words of JPMorgan, as nonfarm employment increased by 528,000 and the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.5%, the lowest in over a half century.

What does that mean for the Fed? Well as we noted earlier in the handful of Wall Street kneejerk reaction we summarized, many strategists believe that a Fed pivot is now out of the picture and a 75bps rate hike in September is all too likely.

In this post we will focus on just two, the most important ones – the views of JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs.

Starting with the first, JPM’s chief economist Michael Feroli writes this morning that today’s numbers “should mollify recession fears but amplify concerns that the Fed has a lot more work to do” and he now thinks “a 75bp hike in September looks likely.” He continues:

The inflation worries motivating the Fed will only be heightened by this jobs report, as average hourly earnings increased a firm 0.5% last month and were revised up a tick in June, leaving the year-ago figure running a hot 5.2%. The work-week was unchanged at an upward-revised 34.6 hours. The only disappointing detail of the July numbers was the tick down in the participation rate to 62.1% (though that decline was due to the jumpy teenage participation figure). It’s still early days, but we continue to pencil in 1.0% for 3Q GDP growth; unless that tracking is revised up substantially we could be in for another challenging quarter for both productivity growth and corporate profit growth.

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