Large-Caps Outperform Small-Caps as Inflation Runs Rampant

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Friday's headline CPI release indicates that US inflation is rising at its fastest pace since 1982. Month on month showed a rise 0f 0.8% and a 6.8% increase on an annual basis. Core CPI, which strips the series of volatile items, came in at 0.5% m/m and 4.9% y/y. The core increase is the steepest since 1991. Despite the high reading, large-cap US indexes gained on Friday and the week. However, the small-cap Russell 2000 index (US2000) declined on the day.

Quadrant 1 shows the DJI (US30) and quadrant 2 the SPX500. Both of these indexes show relative strength and have moved into the area of strength, between the upper blue and upper red bands. Quadrant 3 shows the NAS100. It is in the neutral area, between the two blue bands, and is lagging quadrants 1 and 2. Quadrant 4 shows the Russell 2000 (US2000), which ended the week in the weak area, between the lower blue and lower red bands. Consequently, the small-cap US2000 index is showing relative weakness.


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Interestingly, the US10Y pulled back on Friday, even after such strong inflation readings. This may be one of the reasons that stocks appreciated. However, Wednesday sees the release of the much-anticipated Fed Statement and dot plots. These are likely to indicate a faster pace of tapering and a more hawkish interest rate environment to slow inflation. If so, this may prove to be a headwind for the stock market as valuation metrics adjust. In this regard, the US10Y has moved out of its area of weakness, between the lower blue and red bands.


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Russell Shor

Senior Market Specialist

Russell Shor joined FXCM in October 2017 as a Senior Market Specialist. He is a certified FMVA® and has an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of South Africa. Russell is a full member of the Society of Technical Analysts in the United Kingdom. With over 20 years of financial markets experience, his analysis is of a high standard and quality.

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