An outlook on the week ahead, considering the effects of the underwhelming US employment figures released last Friday. Find out what to expect from the stock markets, the dollar and oil prices.
The impact felt on the stock market
The week has kicked-off with signs of increased volatility. Traders are being cautious after last Friday's USA employment figures didn’t meet expectations - jobs were created in the American economy, but not at the rate that analysts had forecasted.
These figures – provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics – added pressure to the stock markets going into the weekend - pressure that has continued this week too.
Only a few weeks have passed since the broader US bench mark, the S&P 500 index set fresh all-time highs, so last week's slide needs to be understood within this context. There have been quite a few sharp falls on the way out to uncharted territory for US shares. Still, these drops have proved with hindsight to be great buying opportunities. For the time being, any drops will be expected to be viewed the same way by investors. Nevertheless, Friday's weaker finish could make for some wild fluctuations in stock markets this week.