Thursday, April 22, 2010

PPI Ramps Up Again in March to .7%

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wholesale prices rose more than expected last month as food prices surged by the most in 26 years.
The Labor Department said the Producer Price Index rose by 0.7 percent in March, compared to analysts' forecasts of a 0.4 percent rise. A rise in gas prices also helped push up the index.
Still, there was little sign of budding inflation in the report, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer. Excluding volatile food and energy costs, wholesale prices rose by 0.1 percent, matching analysts' expectations.
Food prices jumped by 2.4 percent in March, the most since January 1984. Vegetable prices soared by more than 49 percent, the most in 15 years. A cold snap wiped out much of Florida's tomato and other vegetable crops at the beginning of this year.
Gasoline prices rose 2.1 percent, the department said, the fifth rise in six months.
In the past year, wholesale prices are up 6 percent, with much of that increase driven by higher oil prices. But excluding food and energy costs, they have risen only 0.9 percent.
Consumers are facing smaller price increases, as many retailers are reluctant to pass on higher costs. Last week, the Labor Department said the consumer price index rose only 0.1 percent in March. Excluding food and energy, the core consumer index was unchanged.

Modern-Day Greek Tragedy!

What irony! We are witnessing a modern-day Greek Tragedy!

But the saddest irony of all is that the same attitude that says that , "It can't happen in the USA" will be the hubris that ensures that it WILL happen here in America!

Years from now, we'll be doing case studies on how our pride and refusal to learn the sad lessons of others lead to our own downfall and destruction.

One big difference, though. We won't be reading about a GREEK Tragedy any more. We'll be reading about an AMERICAN one!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Dollar Gap Filled

According to James Mound at JMTG Brokerage:
"Reality set in last week that the EU bailout was not all it was cracked up to be. Remember the EU is now only as strong as its weakest link. The fall of the euro has begun and there is more downside ahead."