NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stock futures suggested Friday that markets would give back some of the gains achieved over the past two trading sessions after core producer prices remained weak in May.
S&P 500 futures were down 0.4%, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures slid 0.35%, and Nasdaq futures declined 0.5%.
Core producer prices, stripping out volatile items such as gas, dropped 0.1% in May after dipping 0.2% in April. Forecasts were for a slight increase of 0.1%. The headline number which includes food and energy prices rose 0.5% in May, led by an increase in gas prices and eggs.
"This report essentially confirms that the dis-inflationary impulse in headline prices, which has been brought about by the collapse in energy prices, is beginning to abate as crude prices shift higher," said TD Securities' Millan Mulraine. "Nevertheless, with the core PPI indicator continuing to be subdued it suggests that underlying inflationary pressures remain weak."
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