Maybe U.S. Consumers Won’t Turn Fuelish  [REPORT]

There is no doubt that the Federal Reserve will increase the target range for the fed funds rate later this month as higher energy prices are making the central bank’s problems even worse. The February consumer price index was up 0.8%, in line with our forecast and an acceleration from the 0.6% gain in each of the prior two months. Food prices were up 1%, while energy jumped 3.5% in February. Excluding food and energy, the CPI increased 0.5% after rising 0.6% in January.

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