Weekly economic update for August 16, 2021

Weekly economic update for August 16, 2021

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


  • The CPI rose 0.5% and core CPI increased 0.3% in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • The Producer Price Index for final demand rose 1.0% in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 12,000 to 375,000 in the week ended August 7, 2021.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that labor productivity increased 2.3% and unit labor costs rose 1.0% in the second quarter.


  • As of August 4, 2021, of the 426 S&P 500 Index companies reporting second-quarter earnings, 368 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment dropped to 70.2 in August from 81.2 in July.
  • The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index slipped in July.


  • Eurostat found that euro area industrial production fell 0.3% in June.
  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office reported that exports increased 1.3% in June compared with May.
  • The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany fell in August.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose.


  • Divergent vaccination rollout timelines and virus mutations risk could cause a shift from a synchronized global recovery to a more fractured regional, multispeed recovery.
  • Global leverage, created by pandemic response packages, is at worrisome levels and will eventually need to be paid for.
  • A shift from “just in time” to “just in case” inventory models could exacerbate supply chain concerns.

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