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Sifting for Clues About Recovery

Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 | 5:33 PM ET

With the markets likely on a precipice of a big move traders are sifting through the latest economic data looking for clues.

On Thursday new info showed The Producer Price Index or PPI rose 0.4 percent in August after increasing 0.2 percent in July. (The index measures price changes on products before they reach the consumer.)

That sounds inflationary - but when you dig down - outside of volatile food and energy costs inflation remained tame.

Looking ahead, though, inflation may be a bigger problem.

Sam Bullard, senior economist with Wells Fargo Securities, expects material costs to keep rising - however, he doesn't think comapnies can pass on those increases to customers.

"Demand is too weak for companies to raise prices,” he explains. That means companies are going to have to 'suck it up' - good for shoppers but bad for investors. "Profit margins will get squeezed," he says.

That doesn't bode well for quarterly profits.

Time to Pay the Piper?
With PPI a little hot and CPI coming tomorrow, is it possible that the bill may be coming due for printing too much money, with Peter Boockvar, Miller Tabak equity strategist. A look at Amazon & Apple, checking in on the Oracle call, and is AIG a dead stock, with CNBC's Hank Greenberg, John Carney, Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders.

What else must you know about PPI and Friday’s CPI. Find out from Miller Tabek strategist Peter Boockvar. Watch the video now!

You can find our interview with Boockvar about 3 minutes into this video.


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