Well once again we are nicely green today—although my brain tells me it won’t last, but at least I can enjoy it while it is here–almost feels like the olden days.
The employment report was stronger in most ways than expected–more jobs created than expected, a lower unemployment rate (at 3.5%), but the wage portion was moderate at up just .3% – so markets proclaimed it is party time I guess. Interestingly interest rates took a massive tumble – now down 13 basis points to 3.58%. I would like to find the ‘smart person’ (i.e. talking head) who claims they knew this would happen.
On eTrade the 1st page that pops up is the one showing individuals issues and the gains or losses on the holdings. Today the 1st 2 on my list are the 2 Federal Agricultural Mortgage (AGM-D and AGM-E) issues which I only recently bought–1 is up 4.49% and the other 3.10%—even a blind squirrel finds an occasional nut. Of course it would have been better if I owned 1000 shares each–but alas I was just nibbling because of the lack of available funds. Of my 9 top movers 8 are green.
I hope everyone is getting a bit of a rally in their portfolios–it is a great way to head into the weekend.