The US services sector is doing well, growing at an accelerated pace. ISM’s non-manufacturing PMI beats expectations with a score of 57.5 points. Orders are at the highest since 2005. Also prices paid are up to 57.6 from 53.5 beforehand. However, the employment component remains subdued at 51.4, similar to 51.6 last time. This does not bode well for the NFP on Friday.
The US dollar ticks higher with USD/JPY reaching 112.47.
The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI for April was expected to advance to 55.8 points from 55.2 in March. Any score above 50 reflects expansion. The employment component is eyed as a hint towards Friday’s Non-Farm Payrolls report.
The US dollar was looking firm against the Japanese yen and against the Aussie, while mostly unchanged when looking at other currencies.
Earlier, the ADP report for private sector jobs came out at 177K, within the 175K increase that was expected. The ADP number did not correlate with the official BLS number for the private sector last month. Markit’s final services PMI was upgraded to 53.1 from 52.5 originally reported.
The big event for today is the Fed decision. While no change is expected, markets will be watching every word in the statement for a hint about June. Recent economic data has not been upbeat. Will the Fed react?
Apart from the FOMC and the Non-Farm Payrolls, markets are looking at the second round of the French elections. Macron continues commanding a 60% lead against Le Pen’s 40%.
Tonight, these two will face each other in a televised debate.