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Wall Street slipped on Thursday to close lower as another piece of economic data was released coming in stronger than expected. For the month of January, US PPI or producer price index rose 0.7% MoM which is the highest growth in 7-monthsand much higher than market forecasts of 0.4%. Goods prices jumped 1.2%, the largest increase since June 2022. The data is another sign this week that the Fed’s aggressive rate hike stance has had little effect in slowing economic growth over recent months. US retail sales also rebounded sharply in January with the largest jump in almost 2 years, climbing 3% for the month which easily topped analysts’ expectations and add further support for the fed to keep raising interest rates to cool inflation in the US. The Dow Jones fell 1.26%, the S&P500 lost 1.38% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 1.78% on Thursday.
Over in Europe markets closed slightly higher after a choppy session on Thursday as investors digest a slew of economic data released this week giving mixed signals about the Fed’s rate hike pathway moving forward. The STOXX600 rose 0.2%, the French CAC touched an all-time high during the session before retreating to close 0.89% higher, Germany’s DAX added 0.18% and, in the UK, the FTSE100 also rose 0.18%.
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