Bloomberg/Yahoo: In 60 Seconds Before CPI Hit, Heavy Trading Drove Mystery Rally

In 60 Seconds Before CPI Hit, Heavy Trading Drove Mystery Rally

(Bloomberg) – Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary for President Joe Biden, quickly brushed off the question when it came in toward the end of her daily press conference Tuesday. No, she said, there was no chance that anyone in the White House leaked the November inflation report before its 8:30 a.m. publication. Too much fuss was being made, as she saw it, over what were just “minor market movements.”

But there was nothing minor about the rally that took hold in the seconds before the better-than-expected inflation number hit the Labor Department’s website.

Stock futures suddenly spiked more than 1%. Trading in Treasury futures surged, pushing benchmark yields lower by about 4 basis points. Those are major moves in such a short period of time — bigger than full-session swings on some days. And they should get scrutinized by regulators, long-time market observers say, even if a leak is only one of several possible explanations for why traders suddenly started buying right before the report was published.

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Nothing to see here! Move along! Move along!

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

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Probably just got the early crop report from Beeks.

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