By the numbers: The economy this week

Update for August 10, 2020

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

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  • The Institute for Supply Management reported that manufacturing activity expanded in July.
  • Factory orders increased 6.2% in June, the Census Bureau stated.
  • The trade deficit decreased in June, according to the Census Bureau.


  • Initial jobless claims reached 1,186,000 in the week ended August 1, 2020, the Department of Labor announced.
  • The United States added 1.8 million jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 10.2% in July from 11.1% in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found.


  • As of July 31, 2020, of 313 S&P 500 Index companies reporting second-quarter earnings, 257 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The IBC/TIPP Economic Optimism Index rose in August, but remained at a level indicating pessimism.


  • The Markit Eurozone Composite PMI Output Index climbed to 54.9 in July from 48.5 in June.
  • Eurostat reported that euro area industrial producer prices rose 0.7% in June, compared with May.
  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office noted that factory orders surged 27.9% in June, compared with May.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a narrow range.
  • The Bank of England held rates steady.


  • Many countries around the world are now in recession as a result of the "sudden stop" induced by governments to contain the spread of COVID-19.
  • The liquidity-fueled recovery in risk assets will at some point need to resolve with the pace of recovery in fundamentals, and the latter may happen over a longer horizon than hoped.
  • The possibility of a "blue wave" in the U.S. November election, with Democrats winning control of the House, Senate, and Presidency, could mean a future rollback of corporate tax cuts.

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