Stock Market Today: Encouraging Inflation Data Sparks Stunning Stock Rally

Signs that inflation might have peaked sparked a broad-based rally in stocks on Wednesday.

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The latest inflation data catapulted stocks higher out of the gate on Wednesday, with the major market indexes rallying hard into the close.

Ahead of this morning's opening bell, the Labor Department said its consumer price index (CPI) rose 8.5% year-over-year in July, down from June's reading of 9.1%. Core CPI, which excludes food and energy prices, increased 5.9% over the year-ago period. On a month-to-month basis, CPI was flat, while the core consumer price index was up 0.3%.

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Karee Venema
Senior Investing Editor,

With over a decade of experience writing about the stock market, Karee Venema is the senior investing editor at She joined the publication in April 2021 after 10 years of working as an investing writer and columnist at Schaeffer's Investment Research. In her previous role, Karee focused primarily on options trading, as well as technical, fundamental and sentiment analysis.