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Producer prices edge up, initial jobless claims drop 3K
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:05:22 GMT
Source: Dukascopy Bank SA
"We expect inflation pressures to firm in the second half of the year, but any realized gains are likely to be limited."
— Sam Bullard, Wells Fargo Securities
The US Producer Price Index for final demand nudged up 0.1% in June on the back of sustained increases in services cost that managed to offset plunging energy prices, data released by the Labour Department revealed on Thursday. The gain came in as a surprise, as the vast majority of analysts had predicted the index to stay unchanged, and suggested that a recent moderation in inflation was likely temporary. In 12 months through June, the PPI advanced 2.0%, down 0.4% from May's reading, as the energy-led spike was dropped out of the calculation. Meanwhile, the Core Finished Goods PPI advanced a modest 0.1% over the reported period, missing economists' expectations for a 0.2% uptick and following the 0.3% surge registered in May. Year-on-year, the core PPI climbed 2.0% in June after rising 2.1% in the preceding month. In another report, the Labour Department said the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped 3K to a seasonally adjusted 247K in the week ended July 8.
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