Daily Market Update 1/13/17

Rates inched higher Friday following the release of mixed economic data, as a rally in stocks hurt mortgage-backed securities.  This morning, December Retail Sales rose 0.6%, slightly below the consensus forecast of 0.7%.  Excluding the volatile auto component, Retail Sales rose just 0.2%, well below expectations.  Separately, the Producer Price Index (PPI) increased 0.3% in December, in line with forecast.  The more closely-watched “Core” PPI, which excludes food and energy components, rose 0.2%, a bit more than expected.  Consumer Sentiment declined unexpectedly to 98.1.  No other key data will be released today.

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