Stocks turn down as inflation pressures rise

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"The Fed's task is complicated by the recent tax cuts and spending deal".

On a monthly basis, the urban index rose to 0.83 per cent in January 2018, up by 0.17 from 0.66 per cent recorded in December 2017, while the rural index also rose to 0.77 per cent in January 2018, up by 0.23 points when compared with 0.54 per cent in December 2017.

Sterling languished around a three week low against the greenback on Monday with last week's equity market rout overshadowing the Bank of England's optimistic assessment of the United Kingdom economy. Headline CPI rose by 0.5% and core CPI (minus food and energy) by 0.3%.

"The high 16.5 percent growth of consumer non-durables in December 2017 was augmented to a considerable extent by the sharp 88.4 percent expansion in output of digestive enzymes and antacids, with a weight of just 0.2 percent in the IIP", she said.

Also, the cumulative growth for the period April-December 2017 over the corresponding period of the previous year was 3.7 percent. Fruits and vegetables increased 0.5 percent, with fruit up 1.9 percent and vegetables down 1.2 percent.

Manufacturers increased the prices they charged by 2.8 percent less than the consensus forecast of 3.0 percent and the smallest increase since November 2016.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE) in New York, U.S., February 5, 2018. "We've got the U.S. CPI data being announced - that's really the next really important inflation measurement", he said.

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Our Bureau Retail inflation cooled slightly in January this year while factory output in December grew at a robust pace, indicating sustained recovery in industrial activity after the twin disruptions of demonetisation and GST implementation.

Results of the New York Fed poll also showed 39 percent of consumers felt their personal finances were in better shape than a year earlier, and 46 percent expected to be in better shape in a year, both marking the highest levels in data from 2013.

Inflation is expected to have eased at the start of the year, giving consumers a further reprieve from the Brexit-induced jump in the cost of living.

The BLS set the January inflation index at 247.867, an increase of 0.54% over the December 2017 number. It grew by 8.4 per cent in December past year as compared to just 0.6 per cent in December 2016. Stocks and bonds, however, could be vulnerable to strong inflation data. "The big picture story is that inflation, which pretty much flatlined for a while, is moving moving back up".

"Consumers can make up for lost time", said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets in Toronto.

"Headline inflation was unchanged with petrol prices rising by less than this time previous year", he added. Crude oil prices surged in January on strong global demand and a weaker dollar. They were higher by about 0.5 percent ahead of the report.

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