Weekly economic update for December 18, 2023

Weekly economic update for December 18, 2023

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


  • The CPI increased 0.1% and core CPI rose 0.3% in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
  • The Producer Price Index for final demand remained unchanged in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found.
  • Retail sales increased 0.3% in November compared with October, the Census Bureau stated in an advance report.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 19,000 to 202,000 in the week ended December 9, 2023, according to the Department of Labor.


  • As of December 13, 2023, of the 498 S&P 500 Index companies reporting third-quarter earnings, 396 beat estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index decreased in November.


  • Eurostat found euro area industrial production fell 0.7% in October compared with September.
  • The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased slightly in December.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note declined.
  • The Federal Reserve held rates steady.
  • The European Central Bank decided to maintain its current key interest rates.
  • The Bank of England voted to keep its current bank rate.


  • 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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