Early stocks rise as inflation jumps, but not expected

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Early stocks rose on Thursday as investors doubted whether a spike in consumer prices would spur a record tightening of the Federal Reserve system.

The Labor Department said its consumer price index declined 0.6% the last month after rising 0.8% in April. The CPI accelerated in the 12 months through May from August 2008 by 5.0% in its biggest year-on-year increase ever since August 2008.

The jump partly reflected the dropping of the weak spring's last readings from the calculations These so-called. base effects are expected to level off in June.

The numbers were slightly less than expected, but not much outside the range. I don't think this will affect the Fed's view on the need to keep rates very low, said Mark Grant, chief global strategist of B. Riley Financial.

The focus will now be on the Fed monetary policy meeting next week for more clues about the central bank’s stance on shorting the stimulus programs.

The labor market and inflation are two factors the Fed may consider tightening, and while inflation has risen, the latest payroll data is underwhelming.

A separate report from the Labor Department on Thursday said the number of Americans filing for unemployment claims was less than expected last week.

As the economy continues to improve, it is likely that a lot of bottle neck pressures will start to fade. I don't think there is any reason for the Fed to panic, said Raymond James, chief economic analyst at Scott Brown in St. Petersburg, Florida.

At 9 : 48 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 33.27 points, or 0.65%, at 34,677. 98, the S&P 500 was up 34,84 points, or 0.67%, at 4,246. 82 Nasdaq Composite was 14,021. 39.64 points were down, or 0.79%, at 109.64 points.

So-called meme stocks, which have dominated trading volumes in recent weeks, were again volatile in early trade with several recent retail darlings including Clover Health and AMC flitting between losses and gains.

The stock that has been closely associated with the 2019 buying frenzy in retail shares fell 9.1% after the company said it could sell new shares. The videogame retailer also said that the Securities and Exchange Commission had requested documents related to an investigation into the Reddit rally that sold its shares 1,600% in January.

Boeing rose 2.0% after sources told Reuters United Airlines was in talks to place a single-million dollar order for multi-billion jets that could be split up between Boeing and Europe's Airbus.

After the drugmaker said it would not pursue an initial use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate and instead aims to file for full U.S. approval of the shot.

The focus was also on a major Infrastructure Bill that hit a deadlock in the Senate over the negotiations over which were supposed to be successful.

Advancing market decliners outnumbered NASDAQ by a 2.55 to 1 ratio on the Nasdaq and a 2.17 to 1 ratio on the NYSE.

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