Stock futures flat as investors brace for July inflation report – CNBC

Stock futures were little changed early on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a key inflation report set to be released Wednesday.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were flat. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures were fractionally lower.

The moves come after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell for a third straight day on Tuesday. The Nasdaq Composite led the declines, falling 1.19% after Micron, Novavax and Upstart warned that future earnings and revenue may come in lower than previously thought. The S&P 500 fell 0.42%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 0.18%.

Inflation report looms

Investors are awaiting the latest consumer price index report, which could confirm or dash hopes that rising prices have leveled off. Economists expect the report to show that inflation has cooled slightly, led by slipping oil prices.

“In terms of reactions, the market will initially get more excited by a downside core CPI surprise than an upside surprise, especially as it relates to risk appetite,” Alan Ruskin of Deutsche Bank wrote in a Tuesday note. “A downside surprise plays to ‘hopes’ that an oil/food commodities peak, plus slower demand, will filter quickly into US inflation data.”

The Federal Reserve will weigh the report, along with other key economic data, ahead of its September meeting where it is slated to hike interest rates again.

Earnings season also continues, with Disney’s quarterly results due after the bell Wednesday.

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