Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.
- Both the CPI and core CPI increased 0.2% in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
- The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.1% in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted.
- Wholesale inventories were unchanged in May compared with April, the Census Bureau stated.
- Initial jobless claims fell by 12,000 to 237,000 in the week ended July 8, 2023, according to the Department of Labor.
- As of July 6, 2023, of the 18 S&P 500 Index companies reporting second-quarter earnings, 13 beat analysts’ earnings estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.
- The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index increased in June.
- Industrial production rose 0.2% in the euro area in May compared with April, Eurostat reported.
- The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased in July.
- Germany’s Federal Statistical Office found the CPI increased 0.3% in June compared with May.
- The yield on the 10-year Treasury note declined.
- 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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