We were already guessing this even before the NFP release today.
Fed hike off the table for June given step back in job growth
The slowdown in employment in April will keep the Federal Reserve on the sidelines at its next meeting in June, analysts said. Kevin Logan, chief U.S. economist at HSBC, said Fed officials were already ambivalent about raising rates in June and the latest jobs report will just add to their caution. “It means there is nothing compelling to push the Fed to decide it’s appropriate to raise the funds rate,” he said. Fed officials had thought that the turmoil in financial markets in the first few weeks of the year would be a “flash in the pan,” but the data suggests more lasting damage, Logan said. Companies ... (full story)