Jul 15, 2021
Equity markets wobbled again on Wednesday as hotter than expected inflation data capped gains driven by better-than-expected earnings. Reports from the big banks reveal ongoing improvement in the consumer but that news was overshadowed by inflation fears. The producer price index, a leading indicator of consumer inflation, rose 1.0% from the previous month in an acceleration that drove year-over-year inflation to 7.3%.
The news was compounded by testimony from Fed Chief Jerome Powell who says that inflation has accelerated unexpectedly and that high inflation could linger for months. Even so, the FED Chief says there's no expectation for raising interest rates anytime soon. The next big test for the market will come over the next two days with the release of several important economic data points