Weekly economic update for January 3, 2022

Weekly economic update for January 3, 2022

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


  • The trade deficit increased in November, the Census Bureau stated in an advance report.
  • Wholesale inventories rose 1.2% in November compared with October, the Census Bureau found in an advance report.
  • Retail inventories grew 2.0% in November compared with October, according to an advance report from the Census Bureau.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 8,000 to 198,000 in the week ended December 25, 2021, the Department of Labor found.


  • As of December 23, 2021, of the 500 S&P 500 Index companies reporting third-quarter earnings, 401 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The AAII Investor Sentiment Survey showed a bullish sentiment increased by 8.1 percentage points in the week ended December 29, 2021, compared with the previous week.


  • The European Central Bank could begin raising interest rates in early 2023, Governing Council member Klaas Knot said in an interview.
  • House prices in the United Kingdom rose by 10.4% in December, the fastest pace in 15 years, the Nationwide Building Society reported.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a narrow range.


  • 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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