Three Issues to Watch By


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From Dhirendra Tripathi – Equities took a breather on Thursday as investors waited for the latest inflation data early Friday.

Apple (NASDAQ 🙂 continued to rise, nearing a $ 3 trillion market valuation when it hit another 52-week high.

Pfizer Inc (NYSE 🙂 stocks also rose after data showed its Covid-19 vaccine with BioNTech SE (NASDAQ 🙂 offered protection from the Omicron variant, especially after three doses. The Food and Drug Administration added 16 and 17 years to the list of eligible people for booster doses.

Omicron has shocked the markets in volatility since it was first identified by scientists in South Africa last month. The Federal Reserve is due to meet next week and may decide to accelerate its stimulus removal schedule if inflation rises.

Speaking of which, the consumer price index will be released early Friday and a higher than expected number could convince the Fed to act more aggressively.

Reuters conducted a poll of economists who predicted the Fed would hike rates 25 basis points to 0.25% to 0.50% in the third quarter of next year, though most also said the risk was that an interest rate hike will come even earlier.

Here are three things that could affect markets tomorrow:

1. Consumer prices

The US is likely to be up 6.8% yoy in November, beating the 6.2% increase in October, which, according to analysts at, was the biggest inflation spike in more than 30 years. The data will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET (1230 GMT).

2. Core consumer prices

Excluding volatile food and energy prices, this is up 4.9% year over year. In October it was up 4.6%. However, it is expected to slow down from October and is expected to increase 0.5% for the month, compared to 0.6% in the previous month.

3. Consumer sentiment

The preliminary December US consumer sentiment reading, as reflected in the University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index, will weaken to 67.1 from 67.4 in November. This number comes out at 10:00 a.m. ET.

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