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Inflation Data this Week to Remain Subdued 

By David O'Malley | November 13, 2017

Tuesday’s release of the Producers Price Index (PPI) and Wednesday’s release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) will be the economic data highlights this week. With inflation remaining stubbornly low despite strong employment conditions and the odds of a December interest rate increase running around 80%, the importance of the pace of inflation data takes on greater significance.

Inflation Data Disappoints

By David O'Malley | October 16, 2017

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased by 0.5% for the month of September but was lower than expected. Despite a tight labor market, strong economic conditions and increasing commodity prices, inflation has remained lower than expected throughout 2017. Further, CPI has been lower than its expectations in six of the last seven months.

Fade the Metal Rally

By Zhiwei Ren | October 5, 2017

In the last two years, there has been an impressive rally in industrial metals. From the lows during early 2016 until today, copper is up 50%, zinc is up 100%, aluminum is up 50%, and lithium is up 120%. When industrial metals rallied, stocks in the metal and mining sector rallied sharply as well.

Treasury Auctions and Inflation Data

By David O'Malley | August 7, 2017

Last week’s employment data confirmed the strength of the jobs market with 209,000 new jobs added during July versus an expected 180,000. The unemployment rate fell to a cyclical low of 4.3% while hourly earnings increased by 0.3% to a 2.5% year-over-year rate.

Beware of a Flattening Yield Curve

By David O'Malley | June 19, 2017

In a much anticipated move last week, the Federal Reserve (Fed) increased short-term interest rates by 25 basis points (bps). The Fed also outlined parameters for shrinking its $4.5 trillion balance sheet. Once the process begins, it is expected to take at least four years to reduce the balance sheet by approximately $2-2.5 trillion.

Yellen and Inflation Highlight the Week Ahead

By David O'Malley | February 13, 2017

U.S. stocks reached new highs last week amid the continued slow process of cabinet appointments in Washington and the heightened noise associated with the new administration. Business optimism was fueled by the announcement that the administration’s tax plan will be released in the next few weeks, most likely at the state of the union address on February 28.

Is Inflation Good for Equities?

By David O'Malley | February 22, 2016

Inflation data still remains low and energy is holding down the headline CPI numbers, but, given the recent uptick in average hourly earnings, it is worth watching any trend for inflation closely. Is rising inflation good for equities?

Expect a Strong Economy and Low Inflation. Rates Move Higher, but Stocks Await Earnings

By David O'Malley | January 12, 2015

Last week, the markets experienced significant volatility. Friday’s solid employment number makes 2014 the best year for employment gains since 1999.



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