Weekly economic update for December 12, 2022

Weekly economic update for December 12, 2022

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


  • The Producer Price Index for final demand rose 0.3% in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
  • Factory orders increased 1.0% in October, the Census Bureau stated.


  • Initial jobless claims rose by 4,000 to 230,000 in the week ended December 3, 2022, according to the Department of Labor.


  • As of November 30, 2022, of the 486 S&P 500 Index companies reporting third-quarter earnings, 335 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The European Central Bank reported consumer expectations about economic growth in the eurozone declined in October.


  • The S&P Global Eurozone Composite PMI Output Index rose to 47.8 in November from 47.3 in October.
  • Eurostat found euro area retail sales fell 1.8% in October.
  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office reported factory orders increased 0.8% in October compared with September.


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


  • High 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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