Stock market today: Dow leads US futures higher despite hot inflation print

US stock futures climbed on Thursday, with momentum returning despite a hotter than expected wholesale inflation print, data that could sway the Federal Reserve at its policy meeting next week.

Futures on the S&P 500 (^GSPC) rose 0.3%, signaling a potential bid ahead for its 18th record close this year. Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) futures were up roughly 0.4%, or over 100 points.

Meanwhile, the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 (^NDX) also gained 0.4%, coming back after Nvidia (NVDA) and Tesla (TSLA) dragged stocks lower on Wednesday.

February’s producer price index rose 0.6%, higher than an expected increase of 0.3%. Investors were watching whether inflation is cooling fast enough to satisfy Fed policymakers and herald interest-rate cuts. That said, the market shrugged off signs of sticky inflation in Tuesday’s CPI report and stuck to their hopes for a policy pivot come summer.

Meanwhile retail sales increase 0.6%, coming in short of estimates for a rise of 0.8%. Eyes were closely watching Thursday’s data release for clues on the health of the US economy ahead of the central bank’s two-day meeting next week.

In commodities, oil’s revived rally continued to build after the IEA warned that supply would lag this year and US stockpiles shrank. WTI crude futures (CL=F) traded just above $80 per barrel and touched their highest levels since November, while Brent crude futures (BZ=F) pushed toward $85.

On the corporate front, Fisker’s (FSR) shares plunged almost 40% in premarket after a Wall Street Journal report that the EV maker is exploring a bankruptcy filing.