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Why Aren’t TIPS Rising?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Aren’t TIPS Rising?
  • What Could Send 10’s-2’s Closer to Inversion?

Futures are slightly lower as markets continue to digest Wednesday’s Fed decision (50 bps in March or five hikes in 2022) amidst mixed earnings results.

AAPL posted better than expected earnings and the stock was up 3% overnight, but overall results continue to be mixed and that’s contributing to market volatility.

Today’s focus will be on important inflation data and the reason is clear:  If the inflation data is materially stronger than estimates, that will only encourage the Fed to get more hawkish/unpredictable, and that will add to the headwinds on stocks.  The key inflation numbers to watch today are: Core PCE Price Index (E: 0.5%, 4.8%), Employment Cost Index: (E: 1.2%, 4.1%), and the Inflation Expectations in the 10:00 a.m. Consumer Sentiment Index.

We also get some notable earnings today, including CAT ($2.22), CVX ($3.10), SYC ($1.47), and CL ($0.79).  But, barring a major disappointment, they shouldn’t move markets.