Weekly economic update for July 18, 2022

Weekly economic update for July 18, 2022

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


  • The CPI rose 1.3% and core CPI increased 0.7% in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found.
  • The Producer Price Index for final demand climbed 1.1% in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated.
  • Retail sales rose 1.0% in June, according to an advance report from the Census Bureau.


  • Initial jobless claims rose by 9,000 to 244,000 in the week ended July 9, 2022, according to the Department of Labor.


  • As of July 7, 2022, of the 18 S&P 500 Index companies reporting second-quarter earnings, 15 beat analysts’ expectations, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index dropped in June, marking its sixth month below its 48-year average.


  • Eurostat reported euro area industrial production grew 0.8% in May compared with April.
  • The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany plummeted in July.
  • The United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics reported GDP grew by 0.5% in May.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a range.
  • The Federal Open Market Committee reported economic activity expanded at a modest pace since mid-May.


  • Rising 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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