Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.
- GDP declined by 0.6% in the second quarter, according to a second estimate by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
- New home sales dropped 12.6% in July compared with June, the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development noted.
- Pending home sales slipped 1.0% in July, the National Association of Realtors reported.
- Initial jobless claims fell by 2,000 to 243,000 in the week ended August 20, 2022, according to the Department of Labor.
- As of August 22, 2022, of 478 S&P 500 Index companies reporting second-quarter earnings, 359 beat analysts’ expectations, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.
- The European Commission’s Flash Consumer Confidence Indicator for the euro area edged higher but remained at a level below its historic average.
- The S&P Global Flash Eurozone Composite PMI Output Index slipped to 49.2 in August from 49.9 in July.
- The S&P Global Flash Germany Composite PMI Output Index dropped to 47.6 in August from 48.1 in July.
- The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose.
- 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, 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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