Stocks supported on personal spending and inflation data

Stocks continue to rise since the US economic growth exceptionalism story does not appear to be going away anytime soon and as inflation still looks like it will be transitory.  It might be hard for stocks to hold onto gains heading into the long weekend and ahead of President Biden’s unveiling of his $6 trillion spending plan.    

Today’s data showed that the spending spree continues in America and inflation continues to come in hotter-than-expected.  A wrath of data suggests the economy will run hot this summer on reopening momentum and despite the waning impact from stimulus checks and as some households await the child tax credits in July.  

US Data

The April Core PCE Price index came in hotter-than-expected at 3.1% from an upwardly revised 1.9% prior reading, and well above the Fed objective of 2.0%.   The transitory thesis remains intact and that is why Treasury yields refuse to takeoff.  The 10-year yield pared earlier gains and is only 1.2 basis points higher at 1.587%. The dollar can’t muster up a significant rally unless Treasury yields rally back to the highs set in March.

Personal spending rose 0.5%, as expected and will likely rip higher as Americans continue to embrace pre-pandemic life and supporting service industries. 

Advanced Goods Trade Balanced eased a little which provides some upside for future growth prospects. 

The final May Michigan consumer sentiment report mostly matched the preliminary readings.  Inflation expectations for 1-year stayed steady at 4.6%, while the 5-10 year outlook. 

After a wide array of data, the inflation debate remains unchanged and transitory arguments are still in the lead. 

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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

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