US Producer Prices Accelerating At Fastest Rate In 12 Months, Wall Street Reacts… | ZeroHedge


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US Producer Prices Accelerating At Fastest Rate In 12 Months, Wall Street Reacts... | ZeroHedge

Ahead of tomorrow's CPI, traders are eyeing this morning's Producer Prices for any hints that the disinflation trend will return...or not.

The answer is "not!"

April Producer Prices rose 0.5% MoM (vs +0.3% exp), with March's +0.2% MoM revised down to -0.1% MoM. The downward revision did not stop the YoY read rising to 2.2% (from +2.1% in March)...

This is the highest YoY read since April 2023 and is the fourth hotter than expected headline PPI print...

Producer Prices have been aggressively downwardly revised for 4 of the last 7 months...

Services costs soared, dominating April's PPI gains with Energy the second most important factor. Food prices actually declined on a MoM basis.

On a YoY basis, headline PPI's rise was dominated by Services (rising at their hottest since July 2023). For the first time since Feb 2023, none of the underlying factors were negative on a YoY basis...

On a 6-month annualized rate, Final Demand Core Services PPI is rising at its highest since Q3 2021...

After last month's farcical 'seasonally adjusted' gasoline price, April saw the PPI Gasoline index rise (with actual prices at the pump) but still has a long way to go...

Core PPI was worse - rising 0.5% MoM (more than double the +0.2% MoM expected) - which pushed the Core PPI YoY up to +2.4%...

And finally US PPI Final Demand Less Foods Energy and Trade Services rose by 0.4% MoM and 3.1% YoY (the highest in 12 months).

Worse still the pipeline for primary PPI is not good as intermediate demand is starting to accelerate...

Here are Wall Street's reactions to PPI:

Chris Larkin at E*Trade from Morgan Stanley:

Bespoke Investment Group:

Chris Zaccarelli at Independent Advisor Alliance:

Quincy Krosby at LPL Financial:

Bill Adams at Comerica Bank:

Paul Ashworth at Capital Economics:

Scott Helfstein at Global X:

Over the past month, 'higher prices' have dominated 'lower prices' in recent survey data...

Higher producer prices:

New York Empire manufacturing price paid advanced to 33.7 from 28.7. Philadelphia Fed manufacturing reported prices paid gained to 23.0 from 3.7 in March. Philadelphia Fed non-manufacturing prices paid rose to 31.0 from 26.6 in the prior month. Richmond Fed services prices paid rose to 6.11 from 5.43 in March. Kansas City Fed manufacturing prices paid advanced to 18 from 17. Kansas City Fed services input price growth continued to outpace selling prices. S&P Global manufacturing input cost inflation quickened to hint at sustained near-term upward pressure on selling prices. ISM Manufacturing prices paid gained to 60.9, the highest since June 2022, from 55.8 in March. ISM Services prices paid notched up to 59.2, the highest since January, from 53.4 in March.

Lower producer prices:

New York Fed Services prices paid fell to 53.4 from 55.1 in March. Richmond Fed manufacturing growth rates of prices paid dipped to 2.79 from 3.22 in March Dallas Fed Manufacturing outlook reported prices paid for raw materials dropped to 11.2 from 21.1 in the prior month. Dallas service sector input prices index nudged down to 28.8 from 30.4 in the prior month. S&P Global Service saw input costs slowed from six-month highs in March.

Do you see the 'flation' now, Jay?

So, no, The Fed does not have inflation under control.

However, there is some hope for tomorrow's CPI as many of the drivers for the consumer prices that are echoed in the producer prices are not accelerating...

No reason to be alarmed by PPI... Strong stock market performance drove part of the gains, but airfares down sharply, auto insurance flat, and general consumer goods markups down...

-- Gregory Daco (@GregDaco) May 14, 2024

A big surprise miss tomorrow, of course, would send stocks to the moon (GME-style) and give Powell what he needs to start cutting.


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