Weekly economic update for October 16, 2023

Weekly economic update for October 16, 2023

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


  • The CPI rose 0.4% and core CPI increased 0.3% in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted.
  • The Producer Price Index for final demand rose 0.5% in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Wholesale sales increased 1.8% in August compared with July, the Census Bureau found.


  • Initial jobless claims remained unchanged at 209,000 in the week ended October 7, 2023, compared with the previous week, the Department of Labor reported.


  • As of October 11, 2023, of the 20 S&P 500 Index companies reporting third-quarter earnings, 17 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index decreased in September.


  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office noted industrial production fell 0.2% in August compared with July.
  • The U.K.’s Office for National Statistics reported GDP is estimated to have grown by 0.2% in August.
  • The United Kingdom’s trade deficit narrowed in the three months to August, according to the Office for National Statistics.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note declined.


  • Deposit flight continues to pressure banks to tighten lending standards, increasing the potential risk of a credit squeeze.
  • 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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