Weekly economic update for August 14, 2023

Weekly economic update for August 14, 2023

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


  • The CPI and core CPI both rose 0.2% in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
  • The trade deficit narrowed in June, the Census Bureau found.
  • Wholesale sales fell 0.7% in June, according to the Census Bureau.


  • Initial jobless claims rose by 21,000 to 248,000 in the week ended August 5, 2023.


  • As of August 4, 2023, 84% of S&P 500 Index companies have reported second-quarter earnings. Of those, 79% have reported actual EPS above estimates, according to FactSet.


  • The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index increased in July.


  • In Germany, industrial production fell 1.5% in June compared with May, the Federal Statistical Office noted.
  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office found the inflation rate rose 0.3% in July compared with June.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a range.


  • Deposit flight continues to pressure banks to tighten lending standards, increasing the potential risk of a credit squeeze.
  • Declining liquidity and deteriorating financial conditions, combined with high valuations, are contributing 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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