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The monthly jobs report came out, and the jobs added number was stronger than expected. The initial reaction to these things is not always indicative of where we close for the day, but it’s always interesting to see the immediate reaction (and, five minutes later, the reaction to the reaction).

Stocks (see here via the ES S&P 500 futures) got their first spike up after hours on Thursday when the 173nd declaration of positive trade talks came, this time from Chairman Xi. The second spike, in green, was the initial boost for the jobs report (which is fading as I’m typing this).