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In this week’s recap: White hot inflation report alarms investors.





THE WEEK ON WALL STREET

A hotter-than-expected inflation report sent stocks sharply lower last week as investors faced the prospect of more aggressive interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve for perhaps a longer period.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 4.13%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 lost 4.77%. The Nasdaq Composite index dropped 5.48% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, dipped 1.78%.1,2,3


INFLATION DEFLATES MARKETS

Stocks suffered their worst day in more than two years last Tuesday as markets were caught off-guard by a higher-than-anticipated August inflation report.

Markets expected the August report to show a substantial cooling of inflation, potentially allowing the Fed to ease up on interest rate hikes. Instead, the elevated inflation number not only undercut those easing hopes but raised the possibility of a more significant rate hike. On Tuesday, traders assigned a 28% probability of a 100 basis point hike, from a 0% chance just the day before. Price action remained choppy for the remainder of the week, closing the week with additional losses as a global package-delivery company warned of a worldwide recession.4


AUGUST CPI DISAPPOINTS

August’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 8.3% from a year ago, showing a continued deceleration in price increases (July’s CPI was 8.5%, and June’s was 9.1%). Despite moderating price increases, traders were disappointed, given the general expectation of a more substantial slowdown in inflation.5

Core inflation (excluding food and energy) was particularly alarming to investors, which jumped 6.3% year-over-year. That number was well above the 5.9% rate from June and July. From the market’s perspective, sufficient inflationary pressures exist for the Fed to maintain its hawkish interest rate policy for possibly longer than investors had hoped.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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Hello Faye,


Believe me, everyone on Wall Street wants inflation to go away, or at least shrink back to below 2%, a level we enjoyed not so long ago.

 

But Tuesday's Consumer Price Index report showed it might be some time before we see 2% again. Consumer prices ticked slightly lower in August, but not as much as what Wall Street wanted. Economists, pointing out that gasoline prices dropped in the past month, made bold predictions for August inflation. Too bold, as it turned out.

 

Stocks got clobbered, and bonds didn’t fare much better. The inflation report showed that higher food, shelter, and medical services costs were to blame. Higher costs in those areas indicate inflation could be more persistent and entrenched than we thought.1

 

So now the question is, “What will the Fed do at its upcoming meeting?” Keep in mind that in early September, the CME Group’s indicator said smaller increases were possible. But no more.

 

All too often this year, I haven’t had great news to pass along about the markets. But I want to assure you that I’m committed to staying on top of the news in good times, bad times, and in-between times.

 

If Tuesday's drop raised some new concerns, please give me a call. 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. Thanks for your trust.  

 

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THE WEEK AHEAD: KEY ECONOMIC DATA


Tuesday: Housing Starts.


Wednesday: Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Meeting Announcement. Existing Home Sales.


Thursday: Index of Leading Economic Indicators. Jobless Claims.


Friday: Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) Composite.


Source: Econoday, September 16, 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


Monday: AutoZone, Inc. (AZO).


Wednesday: General Mills, Inc. (GIS).


Thursday: Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), FedEx Corporation (FDX), Lennar Corporation (LEN).


Source: Zacks, September 16, 2022

Companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. Companies may reschedule when they report earnings without notice.

The fine print on a lease or a mortgage is always worth reading. Ask the business owners and homeowners who have learned this from experience.


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