Weekly economic update for November 1, 2021

Weekly economic update for November 1, 2021

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


  • GDP increased at an annual rate of 2.0% in the third quarter, according to an advance estimate by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
  • Durable goods orders decreased 0.4% in September, the Census Bureau stated in an advance report.
  • New home sales jumped 14.0% in September compared with August, the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development found.
  • Consumer spending rose 0.6% in September, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 10,000 to 281,000 in the week ended October 23, 2021, according to the Department of Labor.


  • As of October 22, 2021, of the 116 S&P 500 Index companies reporting third-quarter earnings, 98 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index increased in October.
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment slipped to 71.7 in October from 72.8 in September.


  • Eurostat reported euro area GDP rose by 2.2% in the third quarter.
  • The ifo Business Climate Index for Germany fell in October.
  • The European Commission’s Economic Sentiment Indicator picked up in October.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note declined.
  • The European Central Bank kept rates unchanged and noted it would slow the pace of net asset purchases.


  • Divergent vaccination rollout timelines and virus mutations risk could cause a shift from a synchronized global recovery to a more fractured regional, multispeed recovery.
  • Global leverage, created by pandemic response packages, is at worrisome levels and will eventually need to be paid for.
  • Upward pressure on inflation from multiple fronts (energy prices, housing costs, and the labor market) could pressure central banks to pull forward their timelines for monetary policy normalization.

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