Stocks rally as PCE report cools and on a weakening consumer, Apple eyes $3 Trillion Market Cap

  • Dollar weakens as inflation cools
  • Apple reaches historic $3 trillion market cap
  • Fed rate hike bets eye a peak at 5.410%

US stocks are rallying after the Fed’s favorite inflation gauge showed the disinflation process remains intact and the consumer is showing signs of weakness. A hot inflation report and Fed swaps might have been convinced that a second-rate hike by year end was likely.  Treasury yields edged lower after the PCE report was a little dovish.

US Data

The core personal consumption expenditure index, a key reading followed by the Fed rose 0.3% in May, matching the consensus estimate.  On annual basis, the PCE reading dropped from 4.7% to 4.6%.  Personal spending came in softer at 0.1%, while the prior reading was revised lower from 0.8% to 0.6%.  The consumer is starting to look a lot weaker and that should support inflation to drop even further over the coming months.


Apple is attempting to become the first $3 trillion company as Wall Street remains all-in on mega-cap tech stocks.  Last month, Apple’s capitalization became more valuable than the entire Russell 2000 and it seems like that could widen further.  Apple got a boost after Citi raised their price target to a Street-high price of $240.  Apple’s outlook remains solid given their balance sheet and future revenue projects, but these latest gains might be more of a defensive switch for traders who see a US economy that is recession bound.

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