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US Producer Prices Rise Slightly In June, Inflation Remains Subdued

Lower-than-expected PPI and unemployment claims reinforce market expectations for Fed to pause tightening policy.

Following a lower-than-expected consumer price index inflation report on Wednesday, American producers saw a further reduction in pricing pressures in June.

The Producer Price Index (PPI) for final demand recorded a 0.1% month-on-month rise in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday, rebounding from the revised 0.4% drop recorded in May but below the expected 0.2% rise.

In annual terms, PPI rose 0.1%, markedly down from May’s downwardly revised 0.9% reading and well below the expected 0.4% figure. This marks the lowest annual PPI inflation rate since August 2020.

At the same time, the Department of Labor reported a lower-than-expected increase in weekly unemployment claims (237,000 versus 250,000 forecast), confirming a still relatively healthy labor market.

These two data releases cement market expectations for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates once this month and then halt its tightening policy. The market probabilities of two rate hikes by November are now at 18%, down from 40% a week ago.

Futures on the S&P 500 Index, which is tracked by the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE:SPY), were 0.3% higher ahead of Wall Street opening bells.


A screen displays stock market information on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange NYSE in New York, the United States, on July 6, 2023. U.S. stocks ended lower on Thursday as strong private hiring data fueled bets the Federal Reserve will have to take a more aggressive approach to tame inflation, which sent U.S. Treasury yields higher and weighed on equity markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 366.38 points, or 1.07 percent, to 33,922.26. The S&P 500 lost 35.23 points, or 0.79 percent, to 4,411.59. The NASDAQ Composite Index declined 112.61 points, or 0.82 percent, to 13,679.04. (MICHAEL NAGLE/GETTY IMAGES) 

Latest US Economic Data: Key Highlights

  • Headline PPI inflation rose 0.1% from a month ago and 0.1% from a year ago. 
  • Core PPI inflation, which excludes foods and energy, ticked 0.1% higher on the month, in line with May’s reading and below expectations of 0.2%. In annual terms, core PPI was 2.4%, lower than both the expected and May’s 2.6%. 
  • A 5.4% advance in the costs of deposit services was a major factor in the June increase in producer prices for final demand services. In contrast, freight truck transportation charges fell 2.1%. The indexes for food and beverage wholesalers and residential real estate loans (partial) decreased as well.
  • The number of Americans registering for unemployment benefits in the week ending July 8 fell from 249,000 to 237,000, below the expected 250,000.
  • The four-week moving average for jobless claims, which eliminates week-to-week variability, fell from 253,500 to 246,750, below the expected 255,390.
  • Continuing jobless claims for the week ended July 1 rose from 1,718,000 to 1,729,000 , above the forecasted 1,723,000.

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