Weekly economic update for December 20, 2021

Weekly economic update for December 20, 2021

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


  • The Producer Price Index for final demand advanced 0.8% in November compared with October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Retail sales increased 0.3% in November, the Census Bureau stated in an advance report.
  • Business inventories rose 1.2% in October compared with September.


  • Initial claims rose by 18,000 to 206,000 in the week ended December 11, 2021, the Department of Labor stated.


  • As of December 8, 2021, of the 498 S&P 500 Index companies reporting third-quarter earnings, 400 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index rose slightly in November.


  • Euro area industrial production grew 1.1% in October compared with September, Eurostat reported.
  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office noted wholesale prices rose 1.3% in November compared with October.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a narrow range.
  • The Federal Reserve announced it would further taper its economic stimulus starting in January by reducing its monthly asset purchases.
  • The European Central Bank held rates steady.
  • The Bank of England raised the bank rate to 0.25%.


  • 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.
  • Upward pressure on inflation from multiple fronts (energy prices, housing costs, and the labor market) could pressure central banks to pull forward their timelines for monetary policy normalization.

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