With all the worry about the potential for bank runs, you may have forgotten that there’s a CPI report tomorrow morning. After January data came in higher than investors had hoped, consensus forecasts for Tuesday’s February CPI are calling for a 0.4% m/m increase on both a headline and core basis. Based on recent trends, while the bias towards higher-than-expected readings hasn’t been as extreme as it was just a few months ago, lower-than-expected headline readings have been hard to come by over the last year with just three in the last 12 months.
In terms of seasonality, history isn’t really on the side of those who are looking for a lower-than-expected report tomorrow. Going back to 1999, headline CPI reports released in March have been lower than expected just two times which is easily the lowest of any month. In total, of the 24 CPI reports released in March since 1999, 10 have been higher than expected, 12 have been inline, and two have missed forecasts. Will tomorrow be the third time the charm? Click here to learn more about Bespoke’s premium stock market research service.