Support the Wall Street Examiner! Choose your level of support to receive a free proprietary report as my thanks. Click the button below to see your options. Become a Patron!

Hidden story in US PPI increase

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of Sober Look. To view original, click here. Reposted with permission.

The US core PPI surprised to the upside yesterday.

Liquidity moves markets!

Follow the money. Find the profits! 
Source: Investing.com

Improved pricing power for US firms? Hardly. Did you ever have the feeling of being ripped off at the gas station when oil prices are falling while prices at the pump barely move? Well, it’s not just a feeling.

GS: – The headline PPI rose 0.2% in October (vs. consensus -0.1%). The surprise was entirely due to core prices, which rose 0.4% (vs. consensus +0.1%), while energy prices declined 3.0%. Within the core, the volatile trade services category—which measures retail and wholesale margins—rose 1.5%, adding three-tenths to the core. Drilling down further, a sizable part of the jump in trade services came from a huge 26% month-on-month increase in fuel retail margins (i.e., gasoline stations). While counterintuitive in light of the decline in energy prices on the month, the increase in this category reflects retail prices declining more slowly than wholesale prices. On balance, we would heavily discount this month’s report in light of the volatility in trade services. The core PPI according to the “old methodology”—finished goods less food and energy—increased a more modest 0.1%.

_________________________________________________________________________

SoberLook.com

Sign up for Sober Look’s daily newsletter called the Daily Shot. It’s a quick graphical summary of topics covered here and on Twitter (see overview). Emails are distributed via Freelists.org and are NEVER sold or otherwise shared with anyone.

From our sponsor:

Wall Street Examiner Disclosure: Lee Adler, The Wall Street Examiner reposts third party content with the permission of the publisher. The opinions expressed in these reposts are not those of the Wall Street Examiner or Lee Adler, unless authored by me, under my byline. I curate posts here on the basis of whether they represent an interesting and logical point of view, that may or may not agree with my own views. Some of the content includes the original publisher's promotional messages. No endorsement of such content is either expressed or implied by posting the content. All items published here are matters of information and opinion, and are neither intended as, nor should you construe it as, individual investment advice. Do your own due diligence when considering the offerings of information providers, or considering any investment.

Try Lee Adler's Technical Trader risk free for 90 days! Follow the money. Find the profits!

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.