U.S. stock index futures rose Tuesday as investors focused on a report showing so-called core inflation slowing even as consumer prices rose by the fastest rate in 40 years.
S&P 500 futures
gained 29 points, or 0.7%, to 4438
rose 174 points, or 1.2%, to 14174
On Monday, the Dow
fell 413 points, or 1.2%, while the S&P 500
declined 1.7% and the Nasdaq Composite
dropped 2.2%. The S&P 500 ended the session down 7% on the year.
What’s driving markets
U.S. consumer prices rose 1.2% in March, the Labor Department reported on Tuesday. Over the last 12 months, prices have gained 8.5%.
But the news that cheered investors was that core price growth slowed to 0.3%.
“March will likely be the peak for inflation as the indices will be lapping some strong year-ago readings starting in April, while gasoline prices have eased off lately,” said Katherine Judge, senior economist at CIBC Capital Markets.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury
which on Monday reached a three-year high, dropped to 2.73%.
The surge in yields is making stocks less attractive on a relative basis.