Weekly economic update for May 2, 2022

Weekly economic update for May 2, 2022

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


  • New home sales dropped 8.6% in March, the Census Bureau stated.
  • GDP growth registered a –1.4% annualized rate in the first quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
  • Pending home sales fell 1.2% in March compared with February, the National Association of Realtors found.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 5,000 to 180,000 in the week ended April 23, 2022, according to the Department of Labor.


  • As of April 21, 2022, of the 98 S&P 500 Index companies that reported first-quarter earnings, 75 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index declined slightly in April.
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment rose to 65.2 in April from 59.4 in March.


  • Eurostat reported euro area construction production rose 1.9% in February compared with January.
  • Euro area annual inflation is expected to rise to 7.5% in April from 7.4% in March, according to Eurostat.
  • The GfK consumer sentiment index for Germany in April declined to a record low.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a range.
  • The Bank of Japan decided to maintain its current stimulus program and keep short-term interest rates negative.


  • 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, should lead 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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