Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.
- The S&P Global U.S. Manufacturing PMI declined to 50.4 in October from 52.0 in September.
- The trade deficit widened in September, the Census Bureau found.
- The U.S. added 261,000 jobs and the unemployment rate rose to 3.7% in October from 3.5% in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Initial jobless claims fell by 1,000 to 217,000 in the week ended October 29, 2022, the Department of Labor stated.
- As of October 31, 2022, of the 276 S&P 500 Index companies reporting third-quarter earnings, 191 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.
- In the AAII Investor Sentiment Survey for the week ended November 2, 2022, bullish sentiment rose 4 percentage points and bearish sentiment declined 12.8 percentage points compared with the previous week.
- Eurostat reported euro area GDP grew 0.2% in the third quarter compared with the previous quarter.
- The S&P Global Eurozone Composite PMI Output Index fell to 47.3 in October from 48.1 in September.
- Eurostat noted euro area annual inflation is expected to rise to 10.7% in October from 9.9% in September.
- The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose.
- The Bank of England increased the bank rate by 75 basis points.
- The Federal Reserve decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate by 75 basis points.
- High 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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