U.S. inflation slows to 6.5 percent
The latest U.S. inflation data, according to deVere Group CEO Nigel Green, will keep the global stock market rally on track.
The U.S. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) declined 0.1 percent last December on a seasonally adjusted basis, after increasing 0.1 percent in November, the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 6.5 percent before seasonal adjustment.
The index for gasoline was by far the largest contributor to the monthly all items decrease, more than offsetting increases in shelter indexes. The food index increased 0.3 percent over the month with the food at home index rising 0.2 percent. The energy index decreased 4.5 percent over the month as the gasoline index declined; other major energy component indexes increased over the month.
The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.3 percent in December, after rising 0.2 percent in November. Indexes which increased in December include the shelter, household furnishings and operations, motor vehicle insurance, recreation, and apparel indexes. The indexes for used cars and trucks, and airline fares were among those that decreased over the month.
The all items index increased 6.5 percent for the 12 months ending December; this was the smallest 12-month increase since the period ending October 2021. The all items less food and energy index rose 5.7 percent over the last 12 months. The energy index increased 7.3 percent for the 12 months ending December, and the food index increased 10.4 percent over the last year; all of these increases were smaller than for the 12-month period ending November.
The latest U.S. inflation data, according to deVere Group CEO Nigel Green, will keep the global stock market rally on track. “The data confirms that inflation is finally being tamed, which means there’s a higher chance that the Federal Reserve will pursue less aggressive interest rate hikes in the world's largest economy,” said Green.
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