63 Percent of Small Businesses SMBs Have Put Hiring on Hold

Based on the latest data from U.S. small businesses (SMBs), the demand for labor has declined again, with nearly two out of every three (63%) putting their hiring on hold because they can't afford to add staff, and 10% of that group is laying off workers.

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US Consumer Prices Blow Away Expectations, Rise For 27th Straight Month

Expectations for a 0.1% MoM drop in CPI has set the squeeze-algos on fire in recent days as the small drop signals 'peak inflation' and goldilocks and a unicorn-filled Fed will step back and declare victory (with a lag). Short-term interest-rates - however - have not been buying that dovish story, so how the market reacts to today's print will be fascinating given the technical background of extreme negative delta and positioning, and now momentum.

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