Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.
- The S&P Global U.S. Manufacturing PMI fell to 46.2 in December from 47.7 in November.
- Construction spending rose 0.2% in November compared with October, the Census Bureau found.
- The trade deficit decreased in November, the Census Bureau reported.
- Initial jobless claims fell by 19,000 to 204,000 in the week ended December 31, 2022, according to the Department of Labor.
- The U.S. added 223,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 3.5% in December from 3.6% in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- As of December 30, 2022, of the 16 S&P 500 Index companies reporting fourth-quarter earnings, 13 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.
- The European Commission’s Economic Sentiment Indicator for the euro area rose in December.
- The S&P Global Eurozone Composite PMI Output Index rose to 49.3 in December from 47.8 in November.
- Eurostat noted euro area annual inflation is expected to fall to 9.2% in December from 10.1% in November.
- Eurostat reported euro area industrial producer prices fell 0.9% in December compared with November.
- The yield on the 10-year Treasury note plunged.
- 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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