U.S. December inflation

December 2023 U.S. inflation data came in higher-than-expected

Stocks moved lower Thursday 11th January 2024, reflecting the higher-than-expected December 2023 inflation data.

The S&P 500 in early trade edged lower by around 0.7%, while the Nasdaq Composite dropped nearly 0.8%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 0.6%. The S&P 500 briefly touched 4800 after climbing above its record high of 4,796.

Higher than expected

December’s consumer price index figure came out slightly higher-than-expected, reflecting a 0.3% increase in consumer prices for the month, pushing the annual rate to 3.4%.

Core CPI, excluding volatile food and energy prices, came out in line with expectations, however, pointing to persistent, but easing inflation pressures. The new inflation data figures suggests that future interest rate cuts may be slower to come.

This move up in CPI is an absolute reminder of the unpredictable nature of economic recovery.

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