In this week’s recap: Stocks have a warmer week as inflation cools.






THE WEEK ON WALL STREET
An improving inflation outlook buoyed investors’ spirits last week, helping lift stocks to solid gains.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 2.92%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 3.26%. The Nasdaq Composite index added 3.08% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, gained 2.39%.1,2,3

LOWER INFLATION SPURS BUYING 
Stock prices surged mid-week when the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a better-than-expected Consumer Price Index (CPI) number, with buying momentum building throughout the trading session.
Gains were significant across the board, with technology and small-cap companies leading the market higher. The mid-week rally sent the S&P 500 to its highest level since May and the Nasdaq to its highest level since April. Bond yields fell on expectations that the Fed's pressure to hike rates further might ease. After pausing on Thursday, stocks again ripped higher on Friday, aided, in part, by a report indicating improving consumer sentiment.4

INFLATION COOLS  
The Consumer Price Index in July was softer than expected, with prices unchanged from the previous month thanks to a 4.6% decline in energy prices and a 7.7% drop in gasoline.4
Despite the encouraging results, the CPI report still evidenced upward price pressure. The year-over-year inflation rate remained at 8.5%, while the core CPI (excluding food and energy) came in at 5.9%. Among the index components seeing substantial price increases were food (+10.9% from 12 months ago) and shelter (+5.7%). Producer prices fell 0.5% in July, suggesting that future consumer price increases may continue to moderate.5,6
Consumer Price Index (CPI)-The CPI, as it is called, measures the prices of consumer goods and services and is a measure of the pace of US inflation. The US Department of Labor publishes the CPI every month.


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Does waiting 30 days for a government report seem a bit unreasonable? After all, we live in a world of instant messages and real-time quotes. Why should we wait a whole month between updates on the Consumer Price Index to see what's going on with inflation?
 
Well, you don't. If you're an economics geek like me, here's a secret tool you may not know. If economics is not your thing, know that I'm keeping close tabs on this stuff.
 
The Cleveland Fed has a tool called Inflation Nowcasting, which provides daily updates on inflation. Much like the Atlanta Fed's GDPNow forecasting model, it provides a real-time snapshot of gross domestic product.
 
For July, the Inflation Nowcasting forecasts that prices will rise 0.27% from a month earlier. That would be the smallest month-over-month gain since January 2021. For August, it’s showing an increase of 0.32%. How will the financial markets react if inflation starts to trend lower?
 
It’s important to point out that forecasting tools are based on assumptions and subject to revision without notice. In some instances, they may not materialize at all.
 
Real-time reports are nothing new, but it’s great to see that the Fed is starting to get more instant updates on the economy. And it’s information that’s available to all of us. You have to know where to look. I can be reached at 800-871-1219 or Fsykes@scarletoakfs.com. Hit the Meet with Faye button if you want to schedule an appointment. 


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THE WEEK AHEAD: KEY ECONOMIC DATA

Tuesday: Industrial Production. Housing Starts.

Wednesday: Retail Sales. Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Minutes.

Thursday: Jobless Claims. Existing Home Sales. Index of Leading Economic Indicators.

Source: Econoday, August 12, 2022
The Econoday economic calendar lists upcoming U.S. economic data releases (including key economic indicators), Federal Reserve policy meetings, and speaking engagements of Federal Reserve officials. The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and may not materialize. The forecasts also are subject to revision.
 
THE WEEK AHEAD: COMPANIES REPORTING EARNINGS

Tuesday: Walmart, Inc. (WMT), The Home Depot, Inc. (HD).

Wednesday: Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO), Target Corporation (TGT), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW), The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX).

Thursday: Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT), NetEase, Inc. (NTES).

Friday: Deere & Company (DE).
Source: Zacks, August 12, 2022
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