Daily Market Update 3/18/10

Rates held steady Thursday as the February Consumer Price Index (CPI) was unchanged from January, below the consensus forecast of +0.1%. Core CPI rose 0.1%, and increased at a low 1.3% annual rate, showing that core inflation remains in check for the time being. Leading Indicators rose 0.1%, in line with expectations. Weekly Jobless Claims came in at 457,000, slightly above forecast. No other data will be released today.

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