Global equity markets and U.S. bond yields fell on Tuesday after data showed inflation cooling in the Unites States, raising fresh questions on when the U.S. central bank will begin tapering its asset purchases.
MSCI’s world stocks benchmark fell 0.33%, and all 11 major sectors in the S&P 500 ended the session lower, with energy and financials falling the most.
European shares closed 0.1% lower, dragged down by mining, banks and luxury stocks, which followed Asian luxury stocks in falling on a new spike in COVID-19 cases in Fujian, China.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year note fell more than 6 basis points on the day to a low of 1.263%, the lowest reading since Aug. 24.
The U.S. Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index (CPI) was up just 0.1% last month, compared with an expected increase of 0.3%. That was the smallest gain in six months, and it indicated that inflation has probably peaked. While that aligns with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s long-held belief that high inflation is transitory, economists and market watchers remain concerned by ongoing supply constraints and labor costs that could continue for months.
“Today’s CPI data came in a bit weaker than expected, but (the Producer Price Index) is at a record high and inflation continues to be a key challenge for investors,” said David Petrosinelli, Senior Trader at InspereX.
“These trends are indicating labor costs will continue to rise, which could make inflation stickier over the long-term.”
The Fed will meet next week. The August CPI data lifts some of the pressure the Fed faced to announce it would begin tapering its massive bond-buying program.
Further delaying this key Fed announcement is “distorting” the economy and throwing off markets, said BlackRock ‘s Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income Rick Rieder.
“Continuing to stimulate demand higher increases the risk of a severe supply/demand mismatch across economic as well as financial assets,” said Rieder, also the head of BlackRock’s global allocation team.
The FTSE MIB climbed up by 0.39% to 26,027.30. In the cash markets, the DAX Germany was trading up 0.14% to 15,722.65. CAC 40 in France Fell by 0.36% to 6,652.22 while the FTSE 100 in the U.K. were down by 0.49% to 7,034.35. ,at the time of writing.