Unemployment drop is good for investors
Forget the conspiracy theories about rigged data. The latest jobs numbers are bullish for retailers and consumer products companies.
Scott Hoyt, a senior director of consumer economics for Moody's Analytics, tells MSN Money that the data, which showed a gain of 114,000 in nonfarm payrolls, indicated some "data anomalies," such as a big increase in the number of part-time workers who say they want to work full time. Government jobs also showed gains, reversing recent declines.
"We were surprised by the drop in the unemployment rate," he said, adding that claims of political manipulation of economic data are not new. "You hear that every so often. . . . We have never given any credence to those claims."
If the jobless improvements hold, the holiday season may turn out to be better than retailers had expected. That is good news for a variety of companies -- including Wal-Mart (WMT), Sears Holdings (SHLD) and TJX (TJX) -- that appeal to lower- and middle-income consumers. It also includes those like Macy's (M) and Nordstrom (JWN) that appeal to wealthier shoppers. Surging consumer confidence, coupled with a rebound in real estate, will also bolster a wide array of companies, including Procter & Gamble (PG), Costco (COST) and Home Depot (HD), along with companies that cater to the wealthy, such as Tiffany & Co. (TIF).
Of course, these improvements could evaporate if Congress fails to stop the nation from tumbling off the fiscal cliff, if the situation in Europe deteriorates significantly or if China's economy overheats. Though a lower unemployment rate no doubt helps Obama's re-election chances, conspiracy theories about rigged data make no sense.
For such a diabolical plan to work, it would have to be hatched at the highest levels of government and would have to involve multiple sets of data, because the cooking of one month's report would be too easy to spot. Though other countries, including Greece and China, have been accused of fudging their data, there is no evidence that this has happened in the U.S.
Jonathan Berr is long Wal-Mart. Follow him on Twitter@jdberr.
@Someone- I have not seen gas shortages since Jimmy Carter I guess you dont live in California.
Well we know for sure that SEIU employed the loudest, most obnoxious, racist Obama supporters at $11 an hr. to harass Romney supporters.
And they say Obama can't create jobs......
I wonder how much they pay per vote? I need more than a free phone, bus ride, and sandwich to vote for this empty chair!
Hmmm we NEED 200,000 jobs created per month just to keep up with population growth, yet 114,000 drops the unemployment rate .3%?????????
LMFAO! And these are the MORONS we are to trust our retirement funds with? Johnny here better hope Obama wins, otherwise this loon and his rhetoric will be serving fries at the local McDonalds! He damn sure won't be running the register with his ignorant math skills!
The jobs gains of 114,000 don't = a .3% drop in unemployment, about 400,000 jobs added would, but.....anyway, it's a gain.
Still have less jobs that we did in January 2009, and especially January 2008.
Jan 08 we had 138 million jobs in the US. Today we're at over 133 million only.
Obama gets his **** handed to him in the debates, showing us as the EMPTY CHAIR he is and two days later the unemployment rate shoots downward just after jobless claims were mildly lower than expected........
LMFAO! Seriously? Do you MORONS actually think the majority of America is that stupid? What next fuel prices to hit $2 before the election?
President's dont have any effect on employment. They are powerless to stop these dips and increases in employment, so its difficult to blame Obama for poor job performance. The main culprit in unemployment is congress. They hold the purse strings and the ability to act on issues. Just as Democrats in congress kept fillibustering corrections to the housing market since 2001, its Democrats who oversaw the collapse in 2007 to 2009. Its Democrats who oversaw the recession in the early '90s. Its Democrats who oversaw the recession in the '50s. Its Democrats who oversaw the Great Depression. On the other hand every recovery to these have been seen by usage of Austrian Economics. The effects of the crisis in the late 1970s were made minimal due to the appointment of a good treasury secretary under Carter that carried over with Reagan for a strong boom. The effects in the 1950's were minimimized by Austrian Economics. Today the recovery is starting to happen because Congress cannot act. Surprise the economy turned around when Republicans took the house.
The President does not matter for employment, or economics. Its the congress. So when you are voting for reps and senators, Don't let Harry Reid have another 2 years as Senate Majority Leader.
The numbers may not have been fudged.
But, considering all the road work going on everywhere I go, by towns that are "going broke", I swear the "Shovel Ready" dollars were delayed until this year, to ensure these numbers before November.
It may be a cynical view, to think so many Americans were left to suffer for three year, for an election gimmick. But it comes easily with our political process.
I guess that the same number cookers from the mortgage and banking mess have found new employment......The articule said a rise in gov't jobs...
As for the comments about ignoring the data issues is remnisant of the way that folks were given mortgage loans....the ability to repay was ignored....
So Obama caused all this mess in four years, this is crap and everyone knows it makes no sense. Take a sharp look at where things were and how much they've improved since he's been in the White House. You don't have to like water to know it's good for you. Obama is good for this country and need your help to get more things done. Don't do it for him, do it for yourself, your family and loved ones..
Here's a thought, its all a seasonal uptick. Because the teachers and admin are back in school, could that be the reason for these numbers??
Being poor has to be devastating; thought of as nothing and no body by your president is even worse. It seems that no one notices jobs were an all time low when Bush was in the White House which continued until Obama got in. Alll of a sudden eyes are opened, ears are listening when it is said that Obama is bringing this country down. Regardless of what he does, for some, it's time to get him out of the White House. He can do no good. I said you in the 47% stop spending money he helped you get to feed your children and take care of your families. I say continue on the path of the repubs and see where we end up.........further in the hole than we already are. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand what Romney's mind is on, it's getting rid of all government assistance for those on it. I am not on it, so it's not a problem for me but it would be devastating if I were. Can't you ear what Romney is saying...hopefully all the wealthy and well to do have no poor family members needing government......perhaps they will take care of them but I doubt it.
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