Rampant U.S. inflation accelerated even further in May, with prices rising 8.6% year over year, marking the fastest increase since 1981, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
The 8.6% consumer price index (CPI), a wide-ranging measure of goods and services prices, exceeded the Dow Jones estimate of 8.3%. Excluding food and energy prices, core CPI was up 6%, also above the 5.9% estimate.
On a sequential basis, headline CPI was up 1% while core rose 0.6% vs. the previous month, again running hotter than estimates of 0.7% and 0.5%, respectively.
Stock futures dropped on Friday morning after a highly anticipated inflation report showed a faster-than-expected rise in prices.
Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 279 points, or 0.9%. Those for the S&P 500 fell 1.1%, while Nasdaq 100 futures sank 1.4%.
The hot inflation reading could lead traders to price in more rate hikes from the Federal Reserve later this year. The 2-year Treasury yield, which is seen as one of the most sensitive to Fed rate hikes, jumped above 2.8% on Friday.
The move in futures comes after stocks fell sharply during Thursday’s regular session, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite each falling more than 2%. The Dow closed down more than 600 points, losing roughly 400 points during a rocky final hour of trading on Wall Street.
For the week so far, the Dow is lower by 1.9%, on track for its 10th down week in the past 11. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are both off by more than 2%, on track for their ninth losing week in 10.
In pre-market trading, shares of Apple (AAPL) declined 1.9% to drop below the $140 mark.
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