Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.
- The CPI rose 0.1% and core CPI increased 0.4% in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Industrial production fell 0.2% in May after two months of increases, the Federal Reserve found.
- The Producer Price Index for final demand declined 0.3% in May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted.
- Initial jobless claims remained unchanged at 262,000 in the week ended June 10, 2023, according to the Department of Labor.
- As of June 7, 2023, of the 498 S&P 500 Index companies reporting first-quarter earnings, 381 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.
- The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index increased in May.
- Germany’s Federal Statistical Office noted the inflation rate rose 6.1% year over year in May.
- The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany rose slightly in June.
- The European Central Bank raised three key interest rates by 25 basis points.
- The Federal Reserve held rates steady and signaled future rate hikes may be needed to reach its inflation target.
- The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a range.
- Deposit flight continues to pressure banks to tighten lending standards, increasing the potential risk of a credit squeeze.
- 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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