U.S. - One Can of Condensed Soup
- It may be a holiday-shortened week, but there have been as many developments and economic indicators packed into three days as we can recall seeing in any other week this year.
- We might have a third vaccine, but amid record case counts and double-digit positivity rates in many places, jobless claims posted the first back-to-back weekly increases since July.
- But, there is hope. The manufacturing rebound continued with another solid increase in durable goods orders and corporate profits crested above its pre-pandemic peak for the first time.
- Consumers, undaunted, increased spending 0.5% in October.
Global - Data Pointing to Softer Activity in Some Countries
- In the Eurozone, November survey data continued to soften, with the manufacturing PMI edging lower to 53.6, while the services PMI fell further into contraction territory at 41.3. As COVID cases across Europe have increased, and lockdown measures have been re-imposed, the risk of an economic stumble has increased. Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, survey data also pointed to softer activity as the November services PMI fell to 45.8.
- In contrast to the subdued data in parts of the Northern hemisphere, New Zealand’s Q3 retail sales surged 28.0% quarter-over-quarter, the largest increase on record.
Wells Fargo Economics & Financial Report / Jan 30, 2021
In the second installment of our series on economic risks in the foreseeable future, we analyze the potential for higher inflation in coming years stemming from excess demand.
Wells Fargo Economics & Financial Report / Nov 02, 2023
The U.S. economy expanded at a stronger-than-expected pace in Q3, with real GDP increasing at a robust 4.9% annualized rate.
Wells Fargo Economics & Financial Report / Mar 28, 2020
The U.S. surpassed Italy and China with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19. Europe is still the center of the storm, with the total cases in Europe’s five largest economies topping 230,000.
Wells Fargo Economics & Financial Report / Aug 24, 2021
The Wells Fargo Economics team notes in the Commentary that new COVID cases in New Zealand disrupted the Reserve Bank of New Zealand\'s plan to tighten monetary policy this week.
Wells Fargo Economics & Financial Report / Nov 09, 2019
Optimism soared this week on hopes of a forthcoming trade deal, as equity markets hit all-time highs and the yield curve steepened.
Wells Fargo Economics & Financial Report / Feb 28, 2023
Existing home sales declined 0.7% in January, while new home sales leaped 7.2%. Real personal spending shot higher in January, and solid growth in discretionary spending suggests continued consumer resilience.
Wells Fargo Economics & Financial Report / May 26, 2020
Employment fell in all 50 states and 43 states saw their unemployment rate rise to a record in April. The damage is already hard to fathom-a 28% unemployment rate in Nevada and still another month of job losses ahead.
Wells Fargo Economics & Financial Report / Oct 21, 2020
Mobility is continuing to trickle lower in several major developed market economies. The U.K., France, Italy and Canada have all seen some further modest declines in retail/recreation visits.
Wells Fargo Economics & Financial Report / Sep 19, 2020
A March survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas found most exploration firms need West Texas Inter-mediate (WTI) at $49 per barrel or higher to profitably drill a well.
Wells Fargo Economics & Financial Report / Jan 18, 2021
Retail sales fell 0.7% in December, the third straight monthly decline. Sales are still up 2.9% over the year, however.