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Wall Street: All eyes on CPI and market correction signals

US equity markets faced headwinds last week as rising yields and economic data signaled challenges ahead; the Nasdaq, S&P 500, and Dow Jones experienced losses and all eyes are on the crucial CPI release.

Source: Bloomberg

US equity markets closed lower last week as US yields resumed their march higher on the back of robust economic data, corporate issuance, and higher energy prices. For the week, the Nasdaq lost 1.4%, the S&P500 lost 1.29%, and the Dow Jones lost 0.75%.

Ahead of Wednesday night's all-important CPI release, the rates market is assigning a 93% chance that the Fed will keep rates on hold in September. It then sees a 43% chance of a rate hike in November, which we think will likely be the one that ends the Fed's rate hiking cycle.

What is expected from the CPI data

Thursday, September 7 at 12:00 am AEST

In the previous month, the headline CPI accelerated to 3.2% from 3.0% in June but remained below forecasts of a rise to 3.3%. This marked the end of 12 consecutive months of declines in headline inflation due to base effects. Core CPI, which excludes volatile items such as food and energy, eased to 4.7% last month from 4.8%, reaching the lowest level in twenty-two months but still remaining well above the Federal Reserve's target.

For the current month, the forecast for US headline CPI is a 0.6% month-on-month (MoM) increase, which would result in an annual rate of 3.6% year-on-year (YoY). In contrast, core inflation is expected to rise by 0.2% MoM, leading to an annual rate decline to 4.3%.

While it is likely that inflation has reached its peak, core inflation remains persistent. The Federal Reserve will closely monitor the data in the coming months to confirm that progress is being made toward lower inflation levels.

US core inflation chart

Source: TradingEconomics

S&P 500 technical analysis

The prevailing perspective suggests that the correction in the S&P 500, which commenced in July, still has room to extend. Specifically, we anticipate another downward move to retest and breach the mid-August low, with the potential to challenge the uptrend support at 4250, thereby completing a Wave IV (Elliott Wave) corrective pullback.

If the anticipated pullback unfolds as projected, we would then foresee a recovery phase. This recovery could entail the S&P 500 testing and surpassing the highs of July, possibly positioning itself for a test of the bull market's 2022 peak at 4818.

S&P 500 daily chart

Source: TradingView

Nasdaq technical analysis

Similar to the setup above in the S&P 500, the view remains that the correction in the Nasdaq, which started in July, has further to go. Specifically, we are looking for another leg lower to retest and break the mid-August low with the potential to test wave equality support in the 14,200/14,000 area to complete a Wave IV (Elliott Wave) corrective pullback.

Should the pullback play out as expected, we then expect to see a recovery, which would see the Nasdaq test and break the highs of July and possibly set up a test of the bull market of 2021, with a high at 16,764.

Nasdaq weekly chart

Source: TradingView

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