Market Preview: Back on the Job
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Wall Street roared on Thursday, answering the distant hum of thousands of generators across the tri-state area with a resounding rally.
Whether those gains last through the weekend depends on the October employment situation report, which is due at 8:30 a.m. ET. The consensus is for nonfarm payrolls to swell by 125,000, according to Briefing.com with the unemployment rate ticking up to 7.9%.
While Thursday's jobs-related data was mostly positive, there was some skepticism creeping in ahead of Friday's official report.
"Thus far in October initial jobless claims have averaged 367,000, which is lower than the 376,000 average reported for September and suggests some slowing in the pace of job losses early in the fourth quarter," said RDQ Economics in emailed commentary earlier on Thursday. "We suspect, however, that hiring remained lackluster in October given concerns about looming tax hikes in 2013 and we look for nonfarm payrolls to have risen only 100,000 in October."
High Frequency Economics is right in line with the consensus, while Capital Economics is also at 125,000 but expects the unemployment rate to hold steady at 7.8%.
As for Friday's scheduled corporate news, Chevron(CVX) is slated to report its third-quarter results after the closing bell. The average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters is for a profit of $2.83 a share on revenue of $64.1 billion in the September-ended period.
Other companies slated to deliver their numbers include Alcatel-Lucent(ALU) , Berkshire Hathaway(BRK.B) , Cooper Tire & Rubber(CTB) , Dendreon(DNDN) , Gartner(IT) , Harman International(HAR) , Hunt Corp.(HUN) , Madison Square Garden(MSG) , Progressive Corp.(PGR) , Sealed Air(SEE) , Warner Chilcott(WCRX) , Washington Post(WPO) .
The only other piece of economic data is factory orders at 10 a.m. ET with the consensus calling for an increase of 4.5%.