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US CPI Data Shows Inflation Moderation, Markets Bounce

15.05.2024, 20:51   12
US CPI Data Shows Inflation Moderation, Markets Bounce

NOIDA (CoinChapter.com)— The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the latest Consumer Price Index, or CPI, data for April 2024, showing a moderation in inflationary pressures.

This comes after a series of months where inflation exceeded expectations, raising concerns among investors and Federal Reserve officials. The core CPI rose by 0.3% in April, while the overall CPI increased by 0.4%.

Energy prices increased 1.1% in April, driven by a 2.8% rise in gasoline prices. This marks the second consecutive month of significant energy price hikes, which have added to overall inflationary pressures despite seasonal adjustments.

The increase in energy prices reflects broader global trends in fuel costs and their impact on domestic prices​​.

Meanwhile. food prices remained relatively stable in April. A 0.2% decline in food at home was offset by a 0.3% rise in food away from home. Specific categories such as meats, poultry, fish, and eggs saw a decrease of 0.7%, while cereals and bakery products increased by 0.6%.

The stability in food prices contrasts with the volatility seen in other sectors and suggests a balancing act between different food categories​​.

Other notable changes include a sharp rise in motor vehicle insurance by 1.8%, continuing its trend as a volatile component of the CPI. The apparel index increased by 1.2%, reflecting seasonal factors and possibly changes in consumer demand.

Additionally, medical care also saw a modest increase of 0.4%, indicating ongoing costs in the healthcare sector. Conversely, used cars and trucks declined by 1.4%, reflecting some easing in this category, which had seen significant price increases earlier in the year​​.

The CPI data met market expectations, offering some relief to investors. The core CPI’s increase of 0.3% was slightly below the previous three months’ 0.4% rises, suggesting a gradual easing of inflationary pressures.

Investors viewed the CPI data positively, interpreting it as a signal that the Federal Reserve might not need to implement additional aggressive rate hikes. This led to a slight rise in equity markets, as lower-than-feared inflation reduces the likelihood of a more restrictive monetary policy.

Bond yields, which had been increasing in anticipation of persistent inflation, saw a slight decline, reflecting adjusted expectations for future interest rate movements.

Cryptocurrencies responded favorably to the CPI data. With inflation moderating, the stability of traditional fiat currencies becomes less concerning, which often benefits cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies experienced a rise as investors looked to hedge against inflation and potential currency depreciation. Bitcoin price took the data as a bullish cue, breaking past $63,800 before paring gains.

The overall more predictable economic environment suggested by the CPI data is positive for risk assets, including cryptocurrencies​

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