11 charts on US CPI: Hotter headline and weaker core? An odd steepener cocktail
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US inflation will prove to be a mixed bag of goods in the coming months. Base effects in headline will be tough to beat, while core inflation is much more likely to dwindle in yearly terms over the next 2-3 months.
US headline CPI will jump to 3.3% on a 0.2% MoM trajectory, which makes a headline increase in the yearly CPI almost inevitable at this juncture. Even if this is partially driven by base effects, it tends to have an impact on markets and Fed decision-making anyway.
We see risks tilted a tad to the upside for headline inflation, while core inflation risks are more mixed. The Fed is also much more likely than the ECB to deliver a hike in September consequently.
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Chart 1: US CPI with various MoM scenarios