Consumer Price Index - CPI (CPIS)

MarketWatch  Aug 19  Comment 
Today’s CPI and housing starts reports are all about supply and demand, writes Rex Nutting.
The Economic Times  Aug 19  Comment 
CPI edged up 0.1 per cent last month, in line with expectations, which could give the Federal Reserve reason to keep interest rates low for a while.
Benzinga  Aug 19  Comment 
The Labor Department released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Tuesday morning, showing an increase of 0.1 percent, in-line with expectations. Increases in food and rent were offset by a drop in energy prices. This followed an increase of 0.3...
Cloud Computing  Aug 19  Comment 
GEORGETOWN, Ontario , Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Communications & Power Industries Canada Inc. (CPI Canada) has been awarded a $3.3 million contract from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to fund the design modifications and development of a...
Market Intelligence Center  Aug 19  Comment 
U.S. stocks are moving up this morning.  The S&P 500 is up 0.20% and the Dow is up 0.29%. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.1% in July, down from 0.3%  the previous month. Asian markets were up Tuesday as Japanese stocks continued to rise.  The...
Wall Street Journal  Aug 19  Comment 
Consumer prices advanced in July at their slowest pace since February, which could give the Federal Reserve more flexibility to maintain policies designed to stimulate stronger economic growth.
SeekingAlpha  Aug 19  Comment 
By Marc Chandler: After gapping higher yesterday, sterling was sent sharply lower today by the lower than expected inflation figures. Just last week, the BOE had indicated that the headline CPI likely rose at a 1.9% year-over-year rate in July....  Aug 19  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Those expecting any shift in the Federal Reserve's monetary policy at this week's symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo., are most likely setting themselves up for disappointment. U.S. stock futures on Tuesday were pointing to...  Aug 19  Comment 
LONDON (dpa-AFX) - At 4:30 am ET Tuesday, U.K 's Office for National Statistics is due to release its consumer and producer price reports for July and house price index for June. Consumer prices are expected to rise 1.8 percent...
Clusterstock  Aug 19  Comment 
The British pound dropped to $1.663 from around $1.671 moments ago. The move followed a new inflation report that showed U.K. consumer prices fell by 0.3% month-over-month in July, which was worse than the -0.2% expected. On a year-over-year...


This article is about the Consumer Price Index. For the article on the company with ticker CPI or companies named CPI, see CPI (disambiguation).

The Consumer Price Index (CPI, or headline inflation) provides data on the month-over-month and year-over-year changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services. It is the main inflation report for the futures and financial markets. Unexpected rises in this indicator usually lead to falling bond prices, rising interest rates, and increased market volatility.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) measures two kinds of CPI statistics: CPI for urban wage earners and clerical workers (CPI-W), and the chained CPI for all urban consumers (C-CPI-U). Of the two types of CPI, the C-CPI-U is a better representation of the general public, because it accounts for about 87% of the population. On top of that, the BLS also calculates Core CPI Index, which excludes goods with volatile prices like food and energy in order to measure core inflation. Consumer prices are important because consumer buying drives the economy. CPI examines the weighted average of prices of a basket of consumer goods and services, such as transportation, food and medical care. The CPI is calculated by taking price changes for each item in the predetermined basket of goods and averaging them; the goods are weighted according to their importance. Changes in CPI are used to assess price changes associated with the cost of living.

CPI is one of the most frequently used statistics for identifying periods of inflation or deflation. This is because large rises in CPI during a short period of time typically denote periods of inflation and large drops in CPI during a short period of time usually mark periods of deflation.

Also see the Produce Price Index.

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