Inflation is dropping... (Today's Results)
Here are the results from today's CPI data report meeting expectations.
Today the CPI data report met expectations.
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) declined 0.1 percent in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, after increasing 0.1 percent in November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 6.5 percent before seasonal adjustment. The index for gasoline was by far the largest contributor to the monthly all items decrease, more than offsetting increases in shelter indexes. The food index increased 0.3 percent over the month with the food at home index rising 0.2 percent. The energy index decreased 4.5 percent over the month as the gasoline index declined; other major energy component indexes increased over the month. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.3 percent in December, after rising 0.2 percent in November. Indexes which increased in December include the shelter, household furnishings and operations, motor vehicle insurance, recreation, and apparel indexes. The indexes for used cars and trucks, and airline fares were among those that decreased over the month. The all items index increased 6.5 percent for the 12 months ending December; this was the smallest 12-month increase since the period ending October 2021. The all items less food and energy index rose 5.7 percent over the last 12 months. The energy index increased 7.3 percent for the 12 months ending December, and the food index increased 10.4 percent over the last year; all of these increases were smaller than for the 12-month period ending November.
Still confused on how inflation affects the stock market?
Inflation can have a complex impact on the stock market. In general, if inflation is expected to rise, it can cause stock prices to fall, as higher inflation can lead to increased interest rates, which can make borrowing more expensive for businesses, leading to lower profits and lower stock prices. Additionally, as the cost of goods and services increases, consumer spending may decrease, which can also lead to lower profits for companies.
On the other hand, if inflation is low or under control, it can help to boost consumer and business confidence, which can lead to increased spending and investment, and in turn, can help to support stock prices. In some situations, companies can also benefit from rising inflation, particularly if they are able to increase their prices in response to higher costs.
In summary, while low or stable inflation can be beneficial for the stock market, high inflation can be detrimental to the market and companies.
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