The headline release during the week ahead will be April’s consumer price index. Inflation is a hot topic on Wall Street and rightfully so. Inflation jumped to 2.6% in March and expectations are for inflation to remain elevated in the near term. The question remains, will higher inflation force the hand of the Federal Reserve to tighten their policies despite recent softness in the labor market?
As for earnings, I will be interested to hear how car manufactures, Honda and Toyota have handled the shortage of semiconductors while the market for cars remains strong. Finally, Disney will be a widely watched as their theme parks reopen and streaming services remain popular.
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