All Eyes on CPI

This is one of the biggest weeks for economic data in quite some time. We get October CPI tomorrow, PPI and retail sales on Wednesday, initial claims on Thursday, and housing starts and permits on Friday.  Of all these data, CPI looms largest for the markets.

Recall that September core CPI came in at 4.1% YoY, with shelter (+7.2% YoY) accounting for over 70% of the increase. With the recent sharp drop in mortgage rates, shelter could remain stubbornly high, complicating the Fed’s inflation fighting efforts and thus paring the market’s optimism.

Futures are off moderately in advance of tomorrow’s data after nailing our channel top target.

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