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For those expecting down-trending inflation data, you might have to sit tight a while longer. With a hot September inflation report dashing peoples’ hopes of easing product prices, it’s looking like this wish has been dashed for the time being.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI), a measure of what consumers pay for goods and services, rose 0.4% — double what economists expected. It rose 0.1% in August.
- Compared to a year ago, prices are up 8.2%. In August, that figure was 8.3%.
- Core inflation, which strips out food and energy costs, rose 0.6% in September, as it did in August. This measure is up 6.6% from a year ago, the highest since 1982 (if you do simple math, that is 40 years!). It was 6.3% in August.
Costs to producers (PPI) continue to be negatively affected, with some experiencing surprising month-over-month increases: energy at 0.7%; food as a whole at 1.2% with frozen potato, pork and seafood at 10%, 5.5% and 2.5%, respectively! (Src. CNN) So get ready for yet another round of higher energy and grocery bills as those costs will be transferred to you. On the positive side, if you’ve been looking for an excuse to go on a diet or take in your last big “cheat day” meal, now might be the time.
Now, you might be scratching your head wondering why the heck inflation is still not being tamed, given the Federal Reserve’s outsized response to the higher inflation. It aggressively raised its benchmark target multiple times in 2022, and the rate of the 2 year T-Bill has increased from 0.78% in January 2022 to 4.48%, today.
The last time we addressed the subject of inflation and supply chain disruptions, we visited some industries/stocks to look at in tougher economic times (food aid, government subsidies, delinquent loans, remote monitoring, customer experience). While the concepts in this article remain true, we also have to consider the coming relief that industries might experience as things potentially cool off, and that monthly inflation readings tend to be lagging indicators on the future direction of inflation.
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Knowing that some of the inflation indicators that investors fixate on are lagging indicators, we want to beat the market to the punch.
Accordingly, we have to be prepared by continuing to look for Tier One Quality microcap companies or maybe even ugly companies that might turn into quality selections, and in particular dissect Q3 press releases, earnings conference call transcripts and SEC filings that might unveil clues of softening inflation that could lead to the Federal easing interest rate hike goals. Who knows, moves by the Fed might happen sooner than later, surprising the market.
We’ll be monitoring supply chain commentary as well as commodity price action, mainly in the food area and other hot pockets in the inflation number cited above.
This brings us to a company that on Friday morning reported its Q3 2022 financial results. It’s a stock we’re watching closely because it meets a lot of our tier 1 criteria,
We look forward to monitoring third quarter statements of more management teams to see how many might provide us with data we can crunch.
By the way, even though we’re hoping for optimism on the inflation front, I’d be remiss not to end this week’s message to you without relaying a message about Harris Kupperman’s (@hkuppy, Founder and CIO of Praetorian Capital and @KEDM_com) prediction that oil prices will rise to $500 per barrel.
Great hospitality last night and today at the @hkuppy (@KEDM_COM) compound in Rincon, PR. Now, I know where to take cover when oil hits $500/barrel as he predicts. Fantastic guy to know & follow. pic.twitter.com/0EUYQ6UKST
— Maj Soueidan (@majgeoinvesting) October 15, 2022
Then we will all be running for the hills!
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