Stocks Rally, Led by Tech, as Jobs Give Fed Cover: Markets Wrap

Stocks rallied and Treasuries fell as the latest U.S. jobs data bolstered optimism in the economy, all but solidifying a rate hike later this month. The dollar advanced.

The S&P 500 Index rose for the second week in a row after the unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in May, the lowest in nearly half a century. Technology shares led the rally as the Nasdaq Composite Index closed at an 11-week high. The dollar headed for a seventh straight weekly gain, the longest streak since 2014, while the 10-year Treasury yield rose above 2.89 percent as investor focus turned to the pace of the Federal Reserve’s rate increases.

The jobs data underscored that the economy is strong enough to withstand another rate hike when the Federal Reserve meets later this month. Investors remain optimistic that threats of more international tariffs will not materialize into an all-out trade war between the U.S. and its key partners.

“This average hourly earnings report for May kind of puts in play the fact that inflation certainly is headed upward not downward,” Dan Heckman, a fixed-income strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management, said by phone. “This cements the June rate hike and if things continue…

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