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Stocks dropped amidst worsening inflation; oil spiked to reach record high for the last 7 year
Investors pondered persistent indicators of inflation and supply-related issues, and awaited fresh data on corporate profits, as stocks ended down on Monday.
After registering a seventh straight weekly rise, West Texas intermediate crude oil futures jumped to session highs of $82 per barrel, adding to concerns about rising energy, commodity, and input prices. After hitting $84 per barrel, WTI crude futures hit their highest level since 2014, while Brent crude futures hit their highest level since 2018.
Market movements for today are as follows:
Stocks have been choppy in recent weeks as investors considered the equity market implications of continued price hikes against the background of slowing economic growth. Increased demand and supply-side constraints have driven commodity prices up, from oil and natural gas to cotton, and labor shortages have created the possibility of long-term wage rises and increased expenses for businesses.
In an email last week, Neil Dutta, head of U.S. economics at Renaissance Macro Research, said the September jobs report "had an inflationary feel with high wage growth, a rise in the workweek, and a reduction in [labor force] participation."
Investors will receive the latest Consumer Price Index and Producer Price Index for September from the Bureau of Labor Statistics this week. Core consumer price rises, excluding food and energy, are likely to remain higher in comparison to previous years, coming in only slightly below June's 30-year high. Meanwhile, producer prices are projected to have increased much more last month.
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