While the consumer price index, or CPI, isn't normally a must-see number on Wall Street after years of tame inflation, it is once again on traders' radar after a report earlier this month showed hourly wage inflation at its highest level since 2009. That sparked fears that inflation -- and interest rates -- are on the move higher, a trend shift that sparked the recent market turbulence.
Fears of rising inflation was reinforced Wednesday when CPI rose at a faster-than-expected 2.1% annual pace, above the 1.9% Wall Street had forecast.
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