Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.
- Factory orders fell 0.4% in December, the Census Bureau stated.
- Construction spending increased 0.2% in December compared with November, the Census Bureau reported.
- Initial jobless claims fell by 23,000 to 238,000 in the week ended January 29, 2022, the Department of Labor reported.
- The United States added 467,000 jobs and the unemployment rate rose to 4.0% in January from 3.9% in December, according to the Department of Labor.
- As of January 27, 2022, of the 166 S&P 500 Index companies reporting fourth-quarter earnings, 132 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.
- Japan’s Consumer Confidence Index declined in January.
- Euro area annual inflation rose to 5.1% in January from 5.0% in December, according to Eurostat.
- Eurostat reported that euro area GDP grew 0.3% in the fourth quarter.
- Germany’s Federal Statistical Office noted retail sales dropped 5.5% in December compared with November.
- The yield on the 10-year Treasury note increased.
- The European Central Bank held rates steady and indicated it would discontinue its net asset purchases by the end of March.
- The Bank of England increased its bank rate by 0.25 percentage points to 0.5%.
- Upward pressure on inflation from multiple fronts (supply chain disruptions, housing costs, and the labor market) could pressure central banks to pull forward their timelines for 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, created by pandemic response packages, is at worrisome levels and will eventually need to be paid for.
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