Economic and market updates

Economic Update for October 22, 2018

Highlights of news-making events of the past week, from the economy and profits to Europe and interest rates.

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  • In an advance estimate, the Census Bureau reported that retail sales increased 0.1% in September.
  • Housing starts fell 5.3% in September, according to the Census Bureau.
  • The Federal Reserve stated that industrial production advanced 0.3% in September.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 5,000 to 210,000 in the week ended October 13, 2018, according to the Labor Department.


  • As of October 12, 2018, of the 28 S&P 500 Index companies reporting third-quarter earnings, 25 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany fell in October.


  • Annual inflation rose to 2.1% in September from 2.0% in August, according to Eurostat.
  • The euro area posted a trade surplus in August, Eurostat noted.
  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office noted that wholesale prices jumped 3.5% year over year in September.


  • The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note rose.


  • The strengthening U.S. dollar, widening credit spreads, and higher oil prices are putting pressure on select emerging-market countries.
  • Worries of dwindling global spare capacity in oil production may cause prices to spike, risking an inflation scare.
  • The Fed appears to be on course to invert the yield curve.

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