US equity futures traded cautiously ahead of a much anticipated key reading on inflation.
The major futures indexes suggest a mixed opening when trading begins on Wall Street.
Oil prices fell on Friday, but remained near three-month highs on concerns about new COVID-19 lockdown measures in Shanghai.
US West Texas Intermediate crude traded around $120 a barrel and was set for a seventh straight weekly increase.
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The price of gasoline in the US continues a slow crawl toward $5 a gallon. The price on Friday morning was $4,986, according to AAA.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury was at 3.04%.
The big economic event of the week comes before the opening bell when investors will react to the broadest and most popular measure of price inflation in retail goods and services.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics is expected to say the consumer price index rose 0.7% month-over-month in May. That’s up from a 0.3% increase in April. On a year-over-year basis watch for prices to jump 8.3% in May, unchanged from April’s rise.
If you factor out volatile food and energy costs, the core consumer price index is anticipated to rise 0.5% for the month.
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The University of Michigan will also release its preliminary index of consumer sentiment for June. The Refinitiv estimate is 58.0, down from May’s final reading of 58.4.
Bitcoin traded around $30,000.
Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Friday, with only Shanghai rising. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index lost 1.5%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slipped 0.3% and China’s Shanghai Composite index added 1.4% after the government reported that consumer price inflation remained muted, at 2.1%, in May.
Benchmarks in Europe declined on Thursday when the European Central Bank said it would raise interest rates next month for the first time in more than a decade. Another hike is set for September, possibly by double July’s increase, and the central bank will also halt its bond-buying program next month.
The wide expectation is that the Fed will raise its key interest rate in the US next week by half of a percentage point, the second straight increase of double the usual amount. Investors expect a third to hit in July.
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On Thursday, the S&P 500 dropped 2.4% to close at 4,017.82, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.9% to 32,272.79. The Nasdaq composite tumbled 2.8% to 11,754.23.
Shares of Stitch Fix, the Online personalized styling service firm plunged 16% after hours. The company is cutting 330 positions. That accounts for about 4% of the company’s overall workforce. The company forecasted net revenue for the fourth quarter that is short of estimates.
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A report showed slightly more US workers filed for unemployment last week than economists expected. That’s a potentially negative signal, but the overall number still remains low.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.