Daily Recap: Trade Worries | Cool PPI | Stocks Dip
Trade concerns sent US equity markets lower ahead of the critical trade talks between the US and China kicking off on Thursday. The S&P 500 (SPY) dipped by 1.6% on the day while the Nasdaq (QQQ) fell by 1.5%. The broad-based REIT ETFs (VNQ and IYR) finished the day lower by 0.5%, led to the upside by the storage and cell tower REIT sectors while the timber, mall, and hotel sectors lagged on the day.
The Hoya Capital Housing Index, the benchmark that tracks the performance of the US housing industry, finished the day lower by 0.7% with all eight sectors in negative territory on the day. The homebuilder and residential REIT sectors were the relative outperformers with strong individual performance from DR Horton (DHI), Realogy (RLGY), American Woodmark (AMWD), Wayfair (W) and NVR (NVR).
After a busy jobs week, inflation data highlights this week's economic calendar. PPI inflation data was released this morning. coming in significantly cooler than expected. CPI data comes out on Thursday. While lower oil and food prices continue to put downward pressure on the headline inflation data, core inflation (excluding food and energy) has perked up over the last three months. There are two primary factors behind this summer's acceleration in core inflation: rising core goods costs (largely related to tariffs) and rising housing costs. Housing (CPI: Shelter) accounts for more than a third of the total CPI weight (42% including housing-related services), and since 2013, housing costs have been the few persistent drivers of overall inflation.
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