Weekly economic update for April 18, 2022

Weekly economic update for April 18, 2022

Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.


  • Retail sales grew 0.5% in March compared with February, the Census Bureau noted in an advance report.
  • The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 1.4% in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • The CPI rose 1.2% and core CPI increased 0.3% in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.


  • Initial jobless claims rose by 18,000 to 185,000 in the week ended April 9, 2022, the Department of Labor reported.


  • As of April 8, 2022, of the 20 S&P 500 Index companies that reported first-quarter earnings, 15 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index declined in March.
  • The University of Michigan’s preliminary reading of the index of consumer sentiment jumped to 65.7 in April from 59.4 in March.


  • The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany declined in April.
  • The U.K. Office of National Statistics noted industrial production fell 0.6% in February compared with January.
  • According to the Office of National Statistics, GDP grew by 0.1% in February in the United Kingdom.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a range.
  • The European Central Bank held rates steady.


  • Rising energy prices, worsened by the Russia-Ukraine War, increase the risk of stagflation and recession, even as central banks seek monetary policy normalization.
  • Declining liquidity and deteriorating financial conditions, combined with high valuations, should lead to a substantial uptick in risk asset volatility.
  • Global leverage is at worrisome levels and will eventually need to be paid for, at a time when most developed markets are facing a fiscal drag from the end of post-pandemic stimulus.

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