By the numbers: The economy this week

Update for July 26, 2021

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


  • Housing starts jumped 6.3% in June compared with May, the Census Bureau stated.
  • Existing home sales rose 1.4% in June, the National Association of Realtors reported.
  • The Conference Board Leading Economic Index increased in June.


  • Initial jobless claims rose by 51,000 to 419,000 in the week ended July 17, 2021, compared with the previous week, the Department of Labor reported.


  • As of July 15, 2021, of the 41 S&P 500 Index companies reporting second-quarter earnings, 35 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The European Commission’s Flash Consumer Confidence Indicator edged down in June.


  • The IHS Markit Flash Eurozone PMI Composite Output Index rose to 60.6 in July from 59.5 in June.
  • Germany’s producer prices increased 1.3% in June compared with May, according to the Federal Statistical Office.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note inched higher.
  • The European Central Bank said it expects interest rates to remain at their present or lower levels until inflation reaches its 2% target.


  • 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.
  • Pandemic and financial repression policies have exacerbated global wealth inequality.

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