By the numbers: The economy this week

Update for June 10, 2019

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

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  • The Markit Composite PMI Output Index slipped to 50.9 in May from 53.0 in April.
  • The trade deficit declined in April, according to the Census Bureau.
  • Factory orders decreased 0.8% in April, the Census Bureau noted.
  • Durable goods orders fell 2.1% in April, the Census Bureau stated.


  • For the week ended June 1, 2019, initial jobless claims remained unchanged from the previous week at 218,000, according to the Labor Department.
  • The U.S. added 75,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.6%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.


  • As of May 31, 2019, of the 490 S&P 500 Index companies reporting first-quarter earnings, 357 — or 72.9% — beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • Chief executive officers are “highly confident” in the growth prospects in domestic and global economies over the next three years, according to a KPMG survey.


  • The Markit Eurozone Composite PMI Output Index rose to 51.8 in May from 51.5 in April.
  • In a flash estimate, Eurostat reported that euro area annual inflation dropped to 1.2% in May from 1.7% in April.
  • Eurostat noted that retail trade fell by 0.4% in the euro area in April.
  • Euro area GDP grew 0.4% in the first quarter, Eurostat stated.


  • The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note traded in a narrow range.
  • The European Central Bank decided to hold rates steady and indicated they would maintain the current benchmark rate through the first half of 2020.


  • No resolution to China trade war, or opening a new front with Europe on autos, risks more equity market turmoil.
  • Brexit, Italian debt dynamics, and the re-emergence of populism risk tipping Europe back into recession.
  • Weak stimulus in China thus far is showing little sign of slowing the pace of deceleration.

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