Interest rates are down because the world economy is so bad that interest rates must be very low to keep things going; stocks and commodities are up because the low interest rates leave no alternative of where to put money to gain yield and or because the low rates are going to help (cant see how rates lower than they are now are going to help; if you cant pay a couple of percent to borrow money you don’t really have a viable use for it); JUST MY TWO CENTS
Most traders want to trade the US non-farm payroll because they know there is likely to be a lot of “action”. Unfortunately, most wind up just watching because they don’t know how and when to join in safely. The retracement is one possible solution. It occurs after the spike so it is not that “scary”. And usually leaves room to catch a good percentage of the move.