Weekly economic update for October 17, 2022

Weekly economic update for October 17, 2022

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


  • The CPI rose 0.4% and core CPI increased 0.6% in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
  • The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.4% in September, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics.


  • Initial jobless claims rose by 9,000 to 228,000 in the week ended October 8, 2022, the Department of Labor found.


  • As of October 7, 2022, of the 20 S&P 500 Index companies reporting third-quarter earnings, 12 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index rose slightly in September.


  • Eurostat reported euro area industrial production increased 1.5% in August compared with July.
  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office found the annual inflation rate rose to 10.0% in September from 7.9% in August.
  • The United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics noted GDP fell 0.3% in August.


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


  • 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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