Core PPI Tops Estimates

Maybe the Fed had it right, leaving the door open to higher inflation. Though August headline PPI came in slightly higher than expected at 0.3% vs 0.2%, core PPI rose 0.4% versus 0.2% expected.

S&P futures sold off 8 points on the news, but the algos had other ideas. As is often the case, “someone” hammered VIX and it tumbled back below its 200-DMA at 8:39. The algos were only too happy to oblige, breaking ES out of its latest falling channel.

Honestly, who needs economic data? Why not just have the Fed trading desk announce the day’s high, low and close every morning?

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