Investors worldwide are nervously waiting for the Federal Reserve to reveal its next quantitative easing move.
As the Fed chairman Ben Bernanke and his policymakers met, the latest inflation numbers indicated stronger demand in the US economy.
So called “core” consumer prices – that is everything except food and energy – rose again.
Inflation stabilising could make the central bank more comfortable about paring back its stimulus efforts later this year.
Bernanke said last month the Fed could scale down the stimulus if the US economy gains momentum – which spooked the share markets – but the current two-day policy-setting meeting is expected to leave the bond-buying programme unchanged.