Today in the markets

The latest news and events driving markets around the world, supplied by Marketwatch and Reuters.

Please remember that the ideas and conclusions in this section do not necessarily reflect the views of Fidelity’s portfolio managers or analysts. They are for general interest only and should not be taken as investment advice or as an invitation to purchase or sell any specific security.

Fed wants to raise interest rates in December and September job losses won't stop it

MarketWatch - Last Update:

Central bankers won't take much from this job report, say analysts

The Federal Reserve wants to raise interest rates in December and the job losses reported for September won't derail them, economists said Friday.

'It is very clear from their rhetoric that they want to do' another rate hike in December, said Rob Martin, economist at UBS.

'It takes a lot to move them off that,' he said.

As expected, the two hurricanes last month distorted the jobs report.

The government reported the economy lost 33,000 jobs in September, the first decline since 2010. In contrast to this weak signal, the unemployment rate fell to 4.2%, a 16-year low and a stat unaffected by the storms, the government said. Wages rose to a 2.9% annual rate, a post-recession high.

Read:U.S. suffers first monthly job loss in seven years ( loses-33000-jobs-in-september-in-first-decline-since-2010-2017-10-06)

Martin said the Fed 'would not take any signal' from the report, not just the weak parts like the decline in nonfarm payrolls, but would also shrug off the strong bits like the drop in the unemployment rate and the jump in average hourly earnings.

The central bank will have two more job reports before its meeting on Dec. 12-13 to gauge the labor market, he said.

John Silvia, chief economist at Wells Fargo, said the central bank will see enough hints that the economy is on track for moderate growth and rising inflation.

There is 'enough evidence to say they're on track to get the economy they thought they were going to get, and they're going to go [ahead and raise rates in December],' Silvia said.

Dallas Fed President Rob Kaplan, a voting member of the Fed's interest-rate committee this year, said he has not decided yet whether to support a move in December ( about-december-rate-hike-2017-10-06).

The Fed meets again at the end of October, but without a press conference, and analysts see no chance of any Fed rate move then.

Investors saw the drop in the unemployment rate and the rise in wages as confirming that the central bank will raise rates in December. Investors now see a move as a virtual certainty, giving a 98% chance of a move, according to CME FedWatch tool. Stocks opened lower ( investors-wait-for-jobs-data-2017-10-06) after hitting record highs this week.

-Greg Robb; 415-439-6400;

More latest news

Morgan Stanley smashes estimates on strength in wealth management

Reuters -

Strong drug sales, Actelion buy power J&J's profit beat

Reuters -

Uber loses another senior figure as European policy chief quits

Reuters -

Goldman results top Wall Street view on smaller drop in bond trading

Reuters -

Wall Street set to open flat as big bank results fail to cheer

Reuters -


FTSE 100 sways in both directions after U.K. inflation at highest in 5 years

MarketWatch - Last Update:

Consumer price inflation now a full percentage point above target. U.K. stocks were steady Tuesday after investors received inflation data that could harden the case for the Bank of England to raise British borrowing costs. The FTSE 100 index was up nearly 0.1% at 7,530.78, and has been darting between small gains and losses.


European stocks slip as auto shares fall, Credit Suisse climbs

MarketWatch - Last Update:

DAX hovers around 13,000 record, but Spanish stocks fall as Catalan crisis persists. European stocks slipped into the red Tuesday, as shares of auto makers fell after a lackluster demand update and as Spanish stocks suffered as the Catalan crisis continued. But shares of Credit Suisse Group AG shares gained on reports an activist investor is seeking a break-up of the Swiss bank after acquiring a stake.


Should Credit Suisse Break Up? The Answer Isn't Obvious

MarketWatch - Last Update:

Calls to break up global banks grew quieter as profits revived and Europeans finally grasped the nettle of deep restructuring--but it couldn't last. Credit Suisse (CS.NaE), part-way through a multi-year overhaul, has a new activist investor buzzing around. Full details of the plan from RBR Capital Advisors, a small Swiss investment firm, are to be published later this week, but it has been talking to the bank about a three-way split into investment banking, asset management and wealth...


Asian market rally shows signs of slowing

MarketWatch - Last Update:

Australia bucks the trend, but most other indexes pull back. The global stock rally showed signs of slowing Tuesday, with many Asia-Pacific indexes little changed ahead of the start of the Chinese Communist Party's congress. One exception was Australia, where stocks rebounded thanks to stronger commodity prices.