Weekly economic update for February 28, 2022

Weekly economic update for February 28, 2022

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


  • GDP increased at an annual rate of 7.0% in the fourth quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis found.
  • New home sales fell 4.5% in January compared with December, according to the Census Bureau.
  • The PCE Price Index rose 0.6% and core PCE increased 0.5% in January compared with December, the Bureau of Economic Analysis stated.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 17,000 to 232,000 in the week ended February 19, 2022, according to the Department of Labor.


  • As of February 15, 2022, of the 387 of S&P 500 Index companies that reported fourth-quarter earnings, 299 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index declined in February.
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment dropped to 62.8 in February from 67.2 in January.


  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine pushed up crude oil and natural gas prices in Europe, with some futures contracts rising more than 40%.
  • Eurostat found euro area annual inflation rate increased to 5.1% in January from 5.0% in December.
  • The IHS Markit Flash Eurozone Composite PMI Output Index rose to 55.8 in February from 52.3 in January.
  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office reported producer prices increased 2.2% in January compared with December.


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


  • Rising energy prices, worsened by the Russia-Ukraine crisis, 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, should lead 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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