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Non-farm payrolls: August data competition

Trader / TheSteadyTrader.com
United States

Attention Traders!

It's that time of the month again, when market participants around the world gather for just-for-fun guessing games of the monthy US non-farm payrolls number. The US employment statistic is, of course, an important monthly data print that investment and policy decisions are in part derived from.

So, shake off the summer cobwebs and help us nail down the August non-farm payrolls! Make your estimate by posting a comment below. The closest estimate wins a TradingFloor.com branded prize.

Click here for the rules of the competition.

Once the number is released at 14:30 CET, it will be updated for you to see on this post. The number will also appear in the financial calendar where historic data is also available.  

US employment to accelerate
Saxo Bank expects non-farm payrolls to show an increase of 190,000 in August following July's below-average print of 162,000. Consensus expects 180,000 and an unchanged unemployment rate of 7.4 percent. For an analysis of the US job situation, see Mads Koefoed's non-farm payrolls preview: US employment to accelerate.

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Mads Koefoed Mads Koefoed
Let the games begin... 190,000!

(Note: no change in Bloomberg consensus since yesterday. Still 180,000).
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Johan Berntorp Johan Berntorp
200 000
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anpremar anpremar
191,000
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Arturo Arturo
185,000
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United Overseas United Overseas
255 whited)
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Serge Berger Serge Berger
Happy NFP Friday! Let's get this started. 175,000 is Bloomberg Consensus, with the range from 150,000 to 234,000. Yours truly guesses 195,000. What's your guess?
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andols andols
225k
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marcovitz marcovitz
194k
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andreikaf andreikaf
168k
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leesmith69 leesmith69
219K
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kishore kishore
200+
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Ole Hansen Ole Hansen
186k it is....
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Humphrey Humphrey
197k
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Gyula Szathmary Gyula Szathmary
Im going with 185k this month!
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kishore kishore
210
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liberty liberty
176
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goldfinger goldfinger
$ negative John? I'm going for 197k
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anitafx anitafx
161k
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sauliukas sauliukas
178k
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dc3984 dc3984
207k
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smacksman smacksman
'In for a penny; in for a pound' - 168k
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John Dory John Dory
203K
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Dr Chris Dr Chris
215k
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fxtime fxtime
172k
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Serge Berger Serge Berger
Great hustle by everyone thus far. A little over 90 minutes to go until the 'truth' hits the wire
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haytch haytch
120K
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Mads Koefoed Mads Koefoed
Thanks anpremar and Real Profit. I can now only win by getting it exactly right (190,000) :-)
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BBeezee BBeezee
190K
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Jim88 Jim88
180K
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Dan Larsen Dan Larsen
140k
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nineveh nineveh
204K
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Doc' Doc'
183k
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Serge Berger Serge Berger
Mads Koefoed gets tough love from anpremar and Real Profit by boxing-in his guess. Welcome to the real world, welcome to the ruthlessness of the monthly NFP guessing game.
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Diti Diti
196k
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urielac urielac
127k
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BBeezee BBeezee
Any Tip for trading on NFP ?
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Serge Berger Serge Berger
I am seeing lots of clustering in the guesses, but 255k is the highest guess thus far. Anyone willing to top this?
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Clive Lambert - FuturesTechs Clive Lambert - FuturesTechs
236K is my guess.
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BBeezee BBeezee
Gold Could be1347 ...
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Mads Koefoed Mads Koefoed
At the moment the median TradingFloor.com prediction is 185 (average: 184). The Bloomberg consensus estimate is still 180.
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bvlaerhoven bvlaerhoven
nice graph
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dumitriu dumitriu
178K
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Serge Berger Serge Berger
We will close the competition at 2:25 PM ET. Another 15 minutes left to toss in your guesses, folks. Go wild!
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Serge Berger Serge Berger
US equity futures are up six points or 0.33% ahead of the number right this minute...
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Serge Berger Serge Berger
10 minutes to go....until our guessing game closes at 2.25pm CET
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lahla lahla
188k
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fezso98 fezso98
151k
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Mads Koefoed Mads Koefoed
Up to and including fezso98...

TradingFloor.com vs. Bloomberg
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Offpiste Offpiste
183k
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Peter Garnry Peter Garnry
E-mini futures have been pushed higher ahead of NFP figures...expectations are rising.
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Serge Berger Serge Berger
NFP Competition CLOSED. May the best guess win! Drum Roll please....
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Peter Garnry Peter Garnry
E-mini reaction is negative
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Serge Berger Serge Berger
169,000 is the number
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Serge Berger Serge Berger
From a trading perspective, allow me to remind that the first move post the news is often the wrong move. Wait for a truer tone to emerge by not jumping the gun
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Yvette Roper Yvette Roper
And the winner is Brian Treacy. Bullseye! 169,000 exactly. Congratulations.
Thanks for signing up to the TradingFloor.com community today.
We will contact you regarding your prize.
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John J Hardy John J Hardy
I would have won if we had included revisions !! :o)
(-58k on revision makes for a net of 111k ... oh well.)
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Martin O'Rourke Martin O'Rourke
If only it had been 44,000 more......
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United Overseas United Overseas
then in force SPX 1670?
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Maria T Salgado Maria T Salgado
Here is our top trader ranking! Once again congratulations Brian Treacy for hitting the number on the head!
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Brian Treacy Brian Treacy
Thank you
01 September
Brian Treacy Brian Treacy
196,000
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