Weekly economic update for May 31, 2022

Weekly economic update for May 31, 2022

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


  • GDP decreased at an annual rate of 1.5% in the first quarter, according to the second estimate by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
  • Durable goods orders increased 0.4% in April, the Census Bureau stated.
  • Wholesale inventories rose 2.1% in April, the Census Bureau noted in an advance report.
  • The PCE Price Index rose 6.3% year over year in April, the Bureau of Economic Analysis stated.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 8,000 to 210,000 in the week ended May 21, 2022, the Department of Labor reported.


  • As of May 19, 2022, of the 475 S&P 500 Index companies reporting first-quarter earnings, 366 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.
  • Corporate profits decreased 2.3% in the first quarter after increasing 0.7% at a quarterly rate in the fourth quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.


  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment fell to 58.4 in May from 65.2 in April.


  • The S&P Global Flash Eurozone Composite PMI Output dropped to 54.9 in May from 55.8 in April.
  • The GfK Consumer Climate Study improved slightly in May, but sentiment remains near an all-time low.
  • The ifo Business Climate Index for Germany rose in May.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note declined.
  • The Federal Open Market Committee’s May meeting minutes noted: “Most participants judged that 50 basis point increases in the target range would likely be appropriate at the next couple of meetings.”


  • 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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