CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Friday the Federal Reserve should cut the benchmark interest rate “aggressively” to help cushion the blow from the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.
The “Mad Money” host based his reasoning in the the economy is “inherently deflationary,” in part due to labor-saving technology crimping wage growth. The U.S. economy added 130,000 jobs in August, short of the projected 150,000, which he said gives Fed Chair Jerome Powell “a lot more leeway to cut interest rates, if he wants to.”
The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced nearly 70 points and the S&P 500 moved less than 0.1% during the session. The Nasdaq Composite declined 0.17%.
In a tweet, President Donald Trump continued to rail on his hand-picked Fed chief to cut rates, saying he agrees with Cramer’s assessment.
“Love him or hate him, Trump is absolutely right on this issue, and the bond market is practically begging Powell to slash-and-burn rates back down to 1% here,” Cramer said. “Even if the Fed chief won’t listen to the president, he should certainly listen to the bond market, which has made it crystal clear that he raised rates too fast and now they got to come down almost immediately.”
U.S. Treasury bonds, with the exception of the 30-year bond, are all yielded less than 2% as of Friday.
Here’s what’s on Cramer’s radar in the week ahead:
Monday: China Consumer Price Index and Producer Price Index
The public will get some insight into China’s economy when the country releases consumer and producer data for the month of August. The Consumer Price Index is an inflation gauge that considers price changes for goods and services, while the Producer Price Index measures cost changes on the production side.
While he is skeptical of information that the Chinese government releases, Cramer said the numbers will help decipher who has the upper hand in the trade war with the U.S.
“If they’re not-too-hot, not-too-cold, well that might mean they’ll be less willing to make concessions [and] this thing’s going to drag on,” he said.
China’s CPI rose 2.8% and PPI fell 0.3% year-over-year in its most recent reading.
RH, the rebranded Restoration Hardware, reports earnings after the bell. The furnishing retailer delivered top-and-bottom line beats and raised outlook in its June report. RH is guiding $2.65 to $2.72 earnings per share. Analysts are expecting to see earnings of $2.69 per share on Tuesday, according to FactSet.
Cramer thinks RH’s membership membership program will help the company deliver on results again.
Zscaler, a cloud-based cybersecurity play, presents earnings after the market closes. Wall Street is looking for earnings of 1 cent per share.