Weak consumer data led to a broad sell-off on Wall Street. Strong earnings from Intel weren’t enough to bolster the market as investors chose to focus on consumer data out of JP Morgan and the University of Michigan. Stocks lost 1% on heavier volume. The sell-off was broad based. Daily Futures wraps up the action from all markets:
The U.S. Labor Department said that the consumer price index was up .1% in December and up 2.7% from a year ago, the biggest annual gain in two years, but less than expected. The March U.S. T-bonds were up 19/32nds to 117.12/32nds, the highest close in three weeks.
The Federal Reserve said that industrial production was up .6% in December, as expected.
The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index increased from 72.5 to 72.8 in early January, not as strong as expected. The March eurodollars were up .055 to 98.53.
The New York Federal Reserve’s regional index of manufacturing increased from 4.50 to 15.92 in January, stronger than expected.
Grains and Cotton
The USDA said that 116,000 tons of U.S. corn was sold to unknown destinations. March corn dropped 9.5 cents to $3.715.
March cotton fell .83 to 72.08, the lowest close in eight weeks, pressured by today’s stronger U.S. dollar.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation said that total beef exports were up 4% in November from a year ago. Total pork exports were down .2% in November from a year ago. April cattle were down .02 at 90.52.
After the close, the USDA estimated this week’s beef production at 505.6 million pounds, up 5.2% from a year ago. Pork production was estimated at 438.0 million pounds, down 7.3% from a year ago. April hogs closed up .52 at 73.27.
The ten-day forecast for central Florida remains safely warm, but it is not clear yet how bad the damage was from the freezing temperatures that the citrus groves have already endured. March orange juice ended down 1.20 cents at $1.3175.
Today’s 6 to 10 day forecast from the National Weather Service expects above average temperatures for the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. March natural gas finished up 10.1 cents at $5.671.
Eurostat said that consumer prices in the European Union were up 1.4% in December from a year ago. The March euro closed down 1.46 cents at $1.4355.
Statistics Canada said that new vehicle sales were down 6% in November at 124,764 units.