Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.
- Construction spending increased 0.2% in April compared with March, the Census Bureau stated.
- Factory orders grew 0.3% in April, according to the Census Bureau.
- Durable goods orders increased 0.5% in April, the Census Bureau noted.
- Initial jobless claims fell by 11,000 to 200,000 in the week ended May 28, 2022, the Labor Department noted.
- The U.S. added 390,000 jobs and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.6% in May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
- As of May 31, 2022, of the 489 S&P 500 Index companies reporting first-quarter earnings, 377 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.
- The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index declined slightly in May.
- Eurostat reported euro area annual inflation is expected to rise to 8.1% in May from 7.4% in April.
- The European Commission’s Economic Sentiment Indicator for the euro area decreased slightly in May.
- Eurostat found euro area industrial prices rose 1.2% in April compared with March.
- The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose.
- All 12 Federal Reserve districts reported continued economic growth in May, the Federal Reserve reported in its Beige Book.
- 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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