At the producer level, core prices are still rising. This is extremely important because it shows that we are not in a deflationary environment. Fear of deflation and fear of a continuing economic decline is what has contributed significantly to the market's paralysis in the past several months.
The more news like this we see, the more confident we can be that we have seen the worst of the economic news and can expect a bottom in economic activity before too long. I'm sticking with my year-end prediction that the bottom will come before mid-year.