U.S. stock futures are showing promise on Thursday as investors eagerly await the release of the consumer inflation data for September. This data is expected to offer significant insights into the state of the American economy.
Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average have seen an increase of 105 points, marking a 0.3% rise, while S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures are both up by 0.4%.
The highly-anticipated consumer price report for September is scheduled for release on Thursday morning. According to a survey conducted by Dow Jones, economists are predicting a month-over-month increase of 0.3% for September, with a 3.6% rise from the previous year. This data is crucial as it is believed that the extent of inflation indicated in the report will significantly influence the Federal Reserve’s decision regarding interest rates. The Federal Reserve is set to commence a two-day meeting beginning on October 31.
These expectations come on the heels of a better-than-anticipated producer price index for September.
Vanguard senior economist Andrew Patterson commented on the situation, saying, “[August’s] CPI print was a bit stronger than we anticipated, though the downward trend in core inflation persisted. We would hope for that to continue, [but] will be keeping a close eye on the pass-through of higher energy prices into broader inflation in the months ahead should they persist.”
In addition to inflation data, concerns have arisen due to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, leading to questions about a potential oil supply crunch and a subsequent increase in fuel prices. The geopolitical instability in the region could result in further complications if it spreads to neighboring oil-producing countries.
Traders are also keeping a watchful eye on jobless claims for the week ending October 7. Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic and Boston Fed President Susan Collins will provide their insights in remarks scheduled for Thursday afternoon, which could offer Wall Street a better understanding of the central bank’s stance.
Furthermore, several companies are set to kick off the latest earnings season on Thursday. Delta Air Lines and Walgreens Boots Alliance are scheduled to release their results before the market opens, while Fastenal and Domino’s Pizza are also expected to post their quarterly earnings.
In yesterday’s trading session, the major averages concluded with modest gains, marking a fourth consecutive winning session. The Dow advanced by 0.2%, the S&P 500 added 0.4%, and the Nasdaq also posted notable gains, highlighting a positive trend in the market.
The release of the consumer inflation data on Thursday will undoubtedly have a significant impact on market sentiment and the direction in which the economy is headed. Investors, economists, and policymakers will be closely monitoring these figures, which could shape the future actions of the Federal Reserve and influence the broader financial landscape.