Weekly economic update for September 11, 2023

Weekly economic update for September 11, 2023

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


  • Factory orders fell 2.1% in July compared with June, the Census Bureau stated.
  • The S&P Global US Composite PMI Output Index dropped to 50.2 in August from 52.0 in July.
  • The trade deficit increased in July compared with June, according to the Census Bureau.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 13,000 to 216,000 in the week ended September 2, 2023, the Department of Labor reported.


  • As of September 1, 2023, of the more than 99% of S&P 500 Index companies reporting second-quarter earnings, 79% of the companies have reported a positive EPS surprise and 64% reported a positive revenue surprise.


  • The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index increased in September.


  • Eurostat found euro area industrial producer prices fell 0.5% in July compared with June.
  • Eurostat reported euro area GDP grew by 0.1% in the second quarter.
  • Euro area retail trade fell 0.2% in July compared with June, according to Eurostat.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note increased.
  • Growth was modest in July and August in most districts, the Federal Open Market Committee stated in its Beige Book report.


  • 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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