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PPI and Market Performance
Posted By Barry Ritholtz On April 20, 2005 @ 6:41 am In Economy,Markets | Comments Disabled
Another timely and relevant observation from Chart of the Day : On Tuesday, the producer-price index (PPI) for finished goods in March rose 0.7%. The PPI is now 4.92% higher than it was one year ago and significantly higher than the current 4.20% yield of the 10-year Treasury note.
Chart of the Day reports that while there have been some reports that
are predicting a slow down in global economic growth, today’s chart
illustrates that producer prices continue to rise at an above average
pace and that has tended to correlate with a struggling stock market.
source: Chart of the Day 
In the 70s, high PPI clearly correlates with weak stock performance.
Same in the early 1990s, although the underperformance in 1990/1991 was
not nearly as awful as the 1970s.
The PPI rise in 2000, while correlated with a struggling stock
market (to say the least!), was likely not the cause of the subsequent
The question now arises: Is the recent rise in PPI most analogous to the 1970s, the early 1990s, or 2000?
Chart of the Day 
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