Stagflation Fears Renewed

January PPI came in much hotter than expected while housing starts and permits fell far short of consensus, stoking persistent fears of stagflation.  PPI came in at 0.3% MoM versus 0.1% expected.  Excluding food and energy, core PPI rose 0.5% versus 0.1% expected. Stripping out trade services, the tally rose to 0.6%, its highest print since January 2023.

Monthly gains in the index for final demand for services again outpaced that for goods at +0.6% versus -0.2%. Had energy prices not continued their decline (-1.7%) the print would have been even more alarming.

Futures had been slightly higher overnight, but fell into the red after the closely followed prints. continued for members


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