Weekly economic update for November 15, 2021

Weekly economic update for November 15, 2021

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


  • The CPI rose 0.9% and core CPI increased 0.6% in October, the Census Bureau reported.
  • The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.6% in October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found.
  • Wholesale inventories rose 1.4% in September compared with August, according to the Census Bureau.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 4,000 to 267,000 in the week ended November 6, 2021, the Department of Labor stated.


  • As of November 4, 2021, of the 445 S&P 500 Index companies reporting third-quarter earnings, 355 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index decreased slightly in October.
  • The University of Michigan’s preliminary reading of consumer sentiment dropped to 66.8 in November from 71.7 in October.


  • Eurostat reported euro area industrial production declined 0.2% in September compared with August.
  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office reported exports declined 0.7% in September compared with August.
  • The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased in November.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a wide range.


  • 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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