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U.S. stocks are mixed after September consumer prices edge higher than expected

Published 10/11/2023, 06:48 PM
Updated 10/12/2023, 11:08 AM
© Reuters. -- U.S. stocks are mixed after consumer prices for September came in slightly higher than expected, following the trend set by producer prices earlier this week.

At 11:06 ET (15:06 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 89 points or 0.3%,  while the S&P 500 was down 0.1% and the NASDAQ Composite was up 0.2%.

Consumer prices edge higher

U.S. consumer prices rose slightly more than expected in September, with the monthly figure rising 0.4%, instead of the expected 0.3%, but this still represented a drop from the prior month's 0.6% rise. On an annual basis, the CPI stayed unchanged at 3.7%.

The widely-watched core number, which strips out volatile items like food and energy, came is as expected at 0.3% on the month, and showed a drop to 4.1% annually from 4.3% the previous month.

While the headline figure was slightly higher than expected, there had been some concern about upside potential given producer prices came in stronger than expected on Wednesday.

Fed minutes point to future caution

The main indices on Wall Street closed higher Wednesday, helped in part by the minutes from the Fed's September meeting, which showed that officials were keen to take a cautious approach to further hikes to interest rates.

The 30-stock Dow ended Monday 65 points, or 0.2%, higher, the benchmark S&P gained 0.4%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq closed up 0.7%.

Fed policymakers agreed to "proceed carefully" on upcoming interest rate decisions, minutes from their September meeting showed.

Importantly, however, these views were recorded prior to a recent spike in Treasury yields, and Fed officials have since suggested that this increase could be seen as a form of tightening, lessening the need for more rate hikes.

This view was voiced Wednesday by Fed Governor Christopher Waller, traditionally a rate hawk, who posited that the run-up in yields may have in effect done "some of the work" of tightening financial conditions for policymakers. 

Delta Air Lines reports quarterly earnings 

The new quarterly corporate earnings season begins to kick into gear, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) is in the spotlight after the carrier reported a jump in profit of almost 60% thanks to a strong summer. 

However, the airline also trimmed its full-year profit outlook, citing higher fuel costs. Delta shares fell 1.2%.

Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) fell short of profit expectations but beat on revenue for the quarter. Shares were up 3.8%. Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) beat on profit expectations but fell slightly short on revenue. Shares rose 1.1%.

Crude rises after IEA lifts 2023 demand forecast

Oil prices rose Thursday, helped by the decision of the International Energy Agency to lift its demand forecast for this year to 2.3 million barrels a day from a prior forecast of 2.2 million, even after the sharp rise in prices.

The Paris-based organization did cut its 2024 demand growth to 880,000 barrels per day, compared with its previous forecast of 1 million barrels.

The market had fallen around 2% during the previous session after indications of a hefty rise in U.S. crude stocks last week raised concerns about demand at the largest consumer in the world.

U.S. crude oil stockpiles swelled by just under 13 million barrels, according to data from the industry body American Petroleum Institute, which, if confirmed by the official numbers from the Energy Information Administration later in the session, would be the largest weekly crude stockpile build in eight months.

(Oliver Gray contributed to this item.)


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Yield curve inversion spreads widening indicating a rate hike is imminent.
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3.7% is almost twice the target number. decisive rate hikes are needed. maybe two more aggressive hikes this year.
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 And deport all illegal aliens, who come in, get on welfare, and spend on consumer goods / services / food / rent, etc.
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The inflation numbers will be benign by design, and this is not a huge secret. China export/import numbers tonight are less predictable and so can have stronger market impact.
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