Global stock markets rise, U.S. yields fall ahead of employment data

  • All three Wall Street indexes trading higher
  • Benchmark 10-year yields down
  • Brent crude prices up 1%
  • U.S. dollar eases
  • Safe-haven gold rises above 1%

NEW YORK, June 2 (Reuters) – Global equity markets rose while U.S. yields were lower on Thursday after lower-than-expected private payrolls data stirred hopes that the American economy was likely cooling and the Federal Reserve might be persuaded to modify its aggressive stance on interest rates and inflation.

Earlier on Thursday, the ADP National Employment Report showed that private payrolls rose by 128,000 jobs in May, which was much lower than the consensus estimate of 300,000 jobs and suggested that demand for labor was starting to slow. read more

If the private payrolls data is reaffirmed by the Labor Department’s more comprehensive jobs report on Friday, then the Fed would be unlikely to continue its pace of rate hikes, said Sandy Villere, portfolio manager at Villere & Co in New Orleans.

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