KEY POINTS
  • Stocks rallied sharply after the Labor Department said nonfarm payrolls rose by 150,000 in October — 20,000 fewer than expected.
  • Slow, controlled growth is something the markets and the Fed are seeking in the current climate, negative growth is not.
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 02, 2023 in New York City. 

Friday's market reaction to the jobs report comes down to a simple premise: bad news is good news, as long as it isn't too bad.

Stocks rallied sharply after the Labor Department said nonfarm payrolls rose by 150,000 in October — 20,000 fewer than expected but a difference attributable pretty much completely to the auto strikes, which appear to be over.