Daily Market Update 6/17/14

Rates inched higher Tuesday as concerns about rising inflation hurt mortgage-backed securities.  This morning, the May Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.4%, above the consensus forecast of 0.2%, and was 2.1% higher than one year ago.  Core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy components, increased 0.3%, a bit higher than expected.  Core CPI has now reached the Fed’s target level for core inflation of 2.0%.  Also this morning, May Housing Starts fell 6.5% to 1.001 million annual units, below expectations.  Building Permits, a leading indicator, showed a similar decline.  The Fed began its two-day meeting to discuss monetary policy today.  The Federal Open Market Committee will issue a policy statement tomorrow afternoon.  No other key data will be released today.

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