All the stars were aligned for the December Employment Situation to prove to one and all that the jobs picture was clearly on the mend. Unfortunately the report showed only 103,000 new jobs created which was vastly under expectations. Granted there were some bright spots here and there such as the decline in the unemployment rate and positive revisions to past quarters. And those past revisions are a reminder that the soft December number could be revised up as well. The good news is that the jobs picture is definitely on the mend. The only questions are about the magnitude and speed of the improvement.
This week we turn our attention to inflation numbers. Hopefully PPI and CPI show us a step further away from a deflationary nightmare...which I think they will. Also the investment world will be fixed on the start of earnings season. Most signs say that it should be another quality effort like we saw in October.
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