US two-year yields top 2.0% as December core CPI jumps

12 January 2018

(ShareCast News) - The cost of living in the US jumped last month, pushed higher by a surge in the cost of used cars and trucks and medical care commodities.
That saw the yield on the benchmark two-year US Treasury note tack on three basis points to 2.01%.

Headline consumer prices advanced by 0.1% month-on-month in December, according to the <em>Department of Labor</em>, and at 2.1% clip year-on-year.

That was in-line with economists' forecasts.

At the 'core' level however, prices surged by 0.3% over the month, boosting the annualised rate to 1.8%, as prices for used cars and trucks jumped by 1.4% after increasing by 1.0% in November.

Medical care commodities were also dearer, with prices rising by 1.0% versus the prior month.

In November, medical care commodities prices increased 0.6%.

New vehicle prices also picked-up, gaining 0.6% on the month, although for the past 12 months they were still 0.5% lower.