Will Today’s CPI Report Extend the Pullback?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table Chart (August Update)
  • CPI Preview
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are modestly higher as markets bounce back ahead of this morning’s CPI report and following some positive U.S./China geopolitical headlines.

The U.S. unveiled Chinese investment restriction rules that were less intense than feared, while China removed restrictions on group travel to the U.S. (providing small steps towards a more normal U.S./China relationship).

Today focus will be on CPI and estimates are as follows: E: 0.2% m/m, 3.3% y/y, Core CPI E: 0.2% m/m, 4.8% y/y.  As we state in the CPI Preview, the risk for markets is that CPI is more resilient than expected, because at these levels investors are already assuming continued disinflation.

The other notable economic report is Jobless Claims (E: 230K) and markets will want to see that number gradually move higher to reduce the likelihood of one more rate hike. Finally, there’s one Fed speaker today, Harker (4:15 p.m. ET), but he shouldn’t move markets.