Futures tick lower as inflation worries take hold ahead of CPI data

Futures tick lower as inflation worries take hold ahead of CPI data
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NEW YORK/BENGALURU (Nov 10): Wall Street stock futures edged lower on Wednesday (Nov 10), as signs of rising inflation across the world dampened investor sentiment ahead of the release of US consumer prices data.

The Labor Department's consumer prices index (CPI) is due at 8:30 am ET and is expected to rise 5.8% in October, after a 5.4% increase in the previous month.

The report comes a day after producer prices data showed a solid rise in October and will be scrutinised for clues on the extent to which manufacturers were passing on higher costs to consumers, whose spending accounts for 70% of the US economy.

Wall Street's main indexes ended their long streak of record closing highs on Tuesday (Nov 9), as investors booked profits from the recent run-up in gains, especially in the absence of market-moving catalysts.

The declines on Wednesday came after data showed Chinese factory gate prices hit a 26-year high in October, while economic advisers to the German government said they expected the current rise in inflation to continue well into 2022.

Losses were broad-based. Big lenders including JPMorgan Chase & Co, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs fell about 0.3% each in premarket trading.

Big industrial and energy firms such as Caterpillar Inc, 3M Co and Chevron Inc shed between 0.3% and 0.4%.

Mega-cap technology and communications companies including Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, Meta Platforms Inc — formerly known as Facebook, and Alphabet Inc dropped between 0.4% and 0.9%.

But Tesla Inc shares edged 0.1% higher, steadying after a two-day selloff that saw the electric-vehicle maker lose as much as US$200 billion in market capitalisation.

At 6:44 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were down 90 points or 0.25%, S&P 500 e-minis were down 16.25 points or 0.35%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 95.75 points or 0.59%.

Investors also looked forward to the release of weekly jobless claims data, which will likely show fewer Americans opted for state unemployment benefits last week.