What SVB means for markets

Employees stand outside of the shuttered Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) headquarters on March 10, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.

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Two bank collapses spark a flurry of activity by financial regulators.

What you need to know today

  • Stock futures jumped on the news. S&P 500 futures rose 1.1%, the Nasdaq 100 futures added 1.2% and futures linked to the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 265 points.
  • And it wasn’t the last. On Monday morning, regulators closed Signature Bank — one of the main banks to the cryptocurrency industry — citing systemic risks. All deposits will be made whole, according to Federal regulators.
  • As for the U.S. jobs number released on Friday — remember that? — it revealed that nonfarm jobs growth in the United States decelerated to 311,000 in February, lower than January’s 504,000 but still more than the forecast of 225,000. In signs that the labor market might be cooling, unemployment rate was higher than expected while wage growth slowed.
  • PRO A major inflation report and any potential fallout from SVB troubles will be what investors are looking out for next week. “It will be a major market mover and set the tone of the market,” said Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors.

The bottom line

The February jobs report was supposed to be the news event of Friday. Then, a bank crash happened. Hard to beat that in terms of impact. There’s a lot to unpack today, so bear with me.

Let’s begin with the original protagonist of the day, the jobs report. At first blush, it’s not promising for people worried about inflation. The number of jobs created was higher than the Dow Jones estimate. But go beneath the surface, and cracks in the foundation become apparent. Average hourly earnings didn’t increase as much as forecast, while unemployment rate rose to 3.6%, above the expectation of 3.4%. In short: Some good news, some bad news, if you’re an investor. “There’s something for everybody in there,” as Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab, put it.

On its own, the jobs data was mixed enough for the Federal Reserve to consider hiking interest rates by half a percentage point. But wait — a bank crashed! And not just any regional bank, but Silicon Valley Bank, the go-to for venture-backed tech startups. We can think of SVB as the first (high-profile) victim of higher interest rates.

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