CPI Preview: Good, Bad, & Ugly

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • CPI Preview: Good, Bad, & Ugly
  • WTI Crude Oil Chart – Futures Pinned In Tight Range at $80/bbl

Stock futures are rising in sympathy with overseas markets on the back of dovish commentary by new BOJ Governor Kazuo Ueda and favorable economic data overnight that is easing “hard landing” worries.

Economically, Chinese CPI rose just 0.7% vs. (E) 1.1% and PPI dropped -2.5% vs. (E) -2.3% while Eurozone Retail Sales fell -3.0% vs. (E) -3.5%. In the U.S., the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index came in at 90.1 vs. (E) 89.0. The mostly better than expected data is helping rekindle hopes that a soft landing may be achieved.

There are no other notable economic reports today which will leave focus on a 10-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET and the sole Fed speaker today: Goolsbee (1:30 p.m. ET) as traders are largely looking ahead to tomorrow’s CPI report.