Thursday, April 14, 2016

Consumer Inflation Comes In Lower Than Expected, TIPS Fall Like Cherry Blossoms In Gentle Spring Rain (TIP)

I've maybe been reading too many stories about Japan.

Re: the Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, our proxy, the iShares ETF traded to $115.09 a week ago and is now at $113.93, down 26 cents on the day and off 1% since the top-tick on April 7.
We continue to think it is a double play on a stagnating economy and (expected) rising core PCE, and have done so since February, but the last couple days have not covered us with glory.
TIP iShares TIPS Bond daily Stock Chart
From IFA Magazine:
Inflation pressures in the US at the consumer level decreased in March, as food and utility gas prices declined, missing economists’ forecasts by a wide margin.
Apparel and used cars and truck prices were also sharply lower, with both falling by 0.6%.

Energy prices on the other hand bounced back 0.9% after dropping 6.0% in February. However, the largest increase was seen in the price of medical care services.

Together with large rises in the cost of shelter and transportation services they drove the headline consumer price index higher by 0.1% month-on-month, although versus a year ago was only 0.9% higher, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Economists had forecast CPI would advance by 1.2% year-on-year.

BLS revised its estimate for February’s rate of price increases down by one tenth of a percentage point to 1.0% year-on-year.

‘Core’ CPI, which excludes the more volatile components such as food and energy, edged higher by 0.1% month-on-month (consensus: 0.2%).

A drop 1.8% month-on-month drop in the prices for lodging was the main factor driving the annual rate of core CPI down from 2.3% to 2.2%....MORE