US equity markets had another mixed fairly calm session as investors await more key economic data due tonight, which will offer looks at both the strength of the consumer and extent of price increases across the supply chain.
With a growing expectation that the Fed will retain its easy-money policies at this week’s meeting, Tech stocks that benefit from a low interest environment again outperformed, lifting the NASDAQ and S&P 500 to again set all-time highs.
The US is scheduled to release May retail sales tonight which is expected to show a monthly decline for the first time since February, after a stimulus-boosted surge in consumer spending earlier this year.
On the inflation side, the PPI release tonight is anticipated to show a 6.2% year-on-year increase, matching April’s near 30-year high as supply shortages and resurgent demand push prices higher.
The head of the Bank of England, Governor Bailey is scheduled to speak at an online conference, traders will attempt to decipher interest rate clues and there may be volatility in the GBP, though nothing of consequence is anticipated from the speech.
Bitcoin had a welcome break from negative headlines as Elon Musk hinted that Tesla may accept Bitcoin in the future if mining of the coin could move to the majority of clean energy. Bitcoin surged 13% on this, just above the psychologically important $40k level where it has consolidated.
Bitcoin also got a boost from legendary investor Paul Tudor Jones who touted the world’s largest cryptocurrency as a “reliable” inflation hedge and “a way to invest in certainty” despite the coin’s extreme volatility and recent crash.
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