Weekly economic update for February 21, 2023

Weekly economic update for February 21, 2023

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


  • The CPI rose 0.5% and core CPI increased 0.4% in January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
  • Retail sales grew 3.0% in January compared with December, the Census Bureau stated in an advance report.
  • The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.7% in January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 1,000 to 194,000 in the week ended February 11, 2023, according to the Department of Labor.


  • As of February 9, 2023, of the 342 S&P 500 Index companies reporting fourth-quarter earnings, 233 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index rose in January.


  • Eurostat reported euro area industrial production fell 1.1% in December compared with November.
  • Euro area GDP grew by 0.1% in the fourth quarter, according to Eurostat.


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


  • 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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