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Future Rate Decisions and CPI Concerns: Fed’s Cautionary Approach

U.S. Stock Futures Rise Ahead of CPI Data Release

Investors Anticipate Key Inflation Figures

U.S. stock futures are on the rise as the market eagerly awaits the release of the consumer price index (CPI) data. This crucial data will provide insights into the pace of inflation in the world’s largest economy and influence the future decisions of the Federal Reserve regarding interest rates.

Caution Surrounds Future Rate Decisions

Minutes from the Fed’s meeting last month revealed a sense of caution among policymakers. The recent surge in U.S. Treasury yields has raised concerns about tightening financial conditions. Some officials now question how this surge will impact their decision-making process.

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Focus on Core Number and Upside Risks

The core CPI, which excludes volatile items like food and energy, will be closely monitored. Economists project that the core CPI will remain unchanged at 0.3% and ease down to 4.1% annually. However, there are upside risks to these figures. Recent data on producer inflation showed unexpected strength, driven by rising gasoline prices.

Positive Outlook for Stock Futures

U.S. stock futures have edged higher in anticipation of the CPI data release. At 04:50 ET (08:50 GMT), the Dow Jones futures, S&P 500 futures, and Nasdaq futures all showed gains. The previous session saw the main indices on Wall Street ending in the green, aided by the Fed’s cautious approach to interest rate hikes.

Corporate News and Earnings Season

Traders are keeping an eye on company results from Delta Air Lines and Walgreens Boots Alliance as the quarterly earnings season kicks off. The market is also following the trading debut of German sandal maker Birkenstock on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Fed Signals Cautious Approach

Minutes from the September meeting of the Federal Reserve revealed that policymakers agreed to proceed carefully with interest rate decisions. They expressed concerns about balancing inflation control and economic activity. However, it’s important to note that these minutes were discussed before the recent spike in U.S. Treasury yields.

Volatility in Crude Oil Market

Oil prices have seen volatility in recent trading sessions. Concerns about demand in the largest crude consumer, the U.S., have arisen due to a significant increase in crude oil stockpiles. The American Petroleum Institute reported a build-up of nearly 13 million barrels, the largest weekly increase in eight months.

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Steve Scalise has won the nomination from his Republican colleagues to become the next Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. However, he still needs support from hardline party members to secure the position. A full Republican-controlled House vote is pending. The House, facing unresolved legislative questions, has been at a standstill since the departure of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

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