Markets across the US and Europe were mixed on Thursday as EU and US published fresh inflation data.
The FTSE 100 (^FTSE) fell 0.2% by the close, while the Dax (^GDAXI) in Germany rose 0.8% and the Cac (^FCHI) in Paris lost ground by about 0.3%. European markets were looking to the bloc's inflation reading for a steer on whether or not the central bank would look to raise rates further. The reading came in at 5.3%, slightly higher than anticipated but matching July's reading.
Higher inflation could give the central bank more ammunition to raise rates.
In the US, the Federal Reserve's preferred inflation measure edged higher in July, reversing some of the prior month's sharp drop as the central bank works to bring inflation back to its 2% target.
The Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Index excluding the cost of food and energy, or so-called "core" PCE, rose 4.2% over the prior year in July, in line with economist expectations and up from 4.1% in June, data released by the Commerce Department on Thursday showed.
Meanwhile in the UK, Lloyds Bank's data showed the highest level of consumer confidence since Russia's invasion of Ukraine last year in the UK.
Economic optimism has rebounded due to the fact the Bank of England only raising rates by 25bps, rather than the expected 50, the bank said.
The August survey was conducted between August 1 and August 15, with most responses taken after the BoE’s decision.
The survey also revealed that half of companies expect to increase headcount this year, with pay expectations remaining strong. Pay increases have been linked to overall inflation.
That's all from me for today, keep up with what's going on this afternoon on Yahoo Finance's US site.
Here's Chris Beauchamp from IG on oil prices:
“There is a spectre at the feast, however. While investors are more confident about the global outlook, this means they are more optimistic on oil demand too. The commodity has climbed over the last week, and leaves open the possibility of a revival in inflation later in the year. Higher prices and a return to rate hikes could yet spell major trouble for the rally in stocks.”
And here's our take on the inflation news. Enjoy.
Chart: Yahoo Finance UK
Markets not panicking on the news... FTSE in the red again, though.
We have a full update coming on the Eurozone inflation figures, but the headline stats suggest services inflation is proving sticky, while the heat has come out of energy markets (forgive the pun).
Eurozone inflation has come in at higher than expected, with the CPI at 5.3%, rather than 5.1%.
This will increase bets of a bloc-wide rate rise. 5.3% matches the last reading.
Glencore (GLEN.L) is the top faller in a subdued FTSE today. Three weeks ago it was revealed that the miner's profits have been halved due to falling commodity prices. Now, it's investors are seeking damages over what they described as "untrue statements" in prospectuses, per the FT.
Stock is down 4.5% as of 9.50am London time.
Overnight in the US and Asia
Asian stock markets were mixed by the end of Thursday's session, as Japanese factory activity and data from growth in the Chinese service industry were weaker.
Analysts have said the market in the US is facing a "goldilocks moment" as traders guess what rate path the Federal Reserve might take in the face of inflation.
Good morning! It's another (relatively) chilly August day in London and it was a mixed night for markets around the world, too.
In Europe we're looking to the EU inflation print later and will be covering that as soon as it drops, so watch this space. Otherwise the agenda is very August-y.
Let's get to it.
Watch: Positive signs for UK economy as consumer confidence on the up again