Despite Disastrous Jobs Report, Stocks Surged 1.6% Friday

(Friday, May 8, 2020, 6 p.m. EST) The unemployment rate surged to 14.7% in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said Friday, but the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index nonetheless soared 1.6% and 3.4% for the week.

Despite the disastrous BLS monthly report showing a loss of 21.5 million jobs since the coronavirus crisis began, the stock market is looking past the pandemic.

The Coronavirus bear market low of the Standard & Poor's 500 index, to date, was 2237.39 on March 23, 2020. Closing Friday at 2,929.80, the index is 26.8% off the low and 14.5% from the all-time closing high on February 19, 2020 of 3386.15.

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This article was written by a veteran financial journalist based on data compiled and analyzed by independent economist, Fritz Meyer. While these are sources we believe to be reliable, the information is not intended to be used as financial advice without consulting a professional about your personal situation.

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