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From Investor's Business Daily:
Core Inflation Keeps Rising, But Housing, Manufacturing Improve Too
The Federal Reserve isn’t expected to take action at the end of its 2-day meeting today, but policymakers have another slew of economic reports to review as they look to the future.Recently:
Consumer Price Index
Consumer prices fell in February, but underlying inflation trends continued to march higher, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. Meanwhile, single-family housing starts rose to their fastest pace since November 2007, while factory production advanced.
The consumer price index declined 0.2% in February, as energy costs plunged the most in seven years. Energy prices likely won’t fall further, at least in the short term, as gasoline prices rise off multi-year lows with crude futures stabilizing.
Core prices, which exclude food and energy, rose 0.3% for a second straight month. Year over year, core CPI climbed to 2.3%, the fourth straight month of modest acceleration and the highest in nearly four years.
The Federal Reserve is looking to see inflation at 2%, but its favorite price gauge is the core PCE deflator. The core PCE finally is starting to pick up, but is still significantly below 2%.
Service costs are driving the increase in inflation. with services ex energy inflation topping 3%, the most in more than seven years....MORE
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