Weekly Economic Review | November 14, 2022 | Stephens

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Weekly Economic Review | November 14, 2022

Nov 14, 2022

Economic Review

  • The Labor Department reported that initial jobless claims climbed last week as layoff announcements from larger companies have become more frequent. In the near-term, data suggest that small businesses are going to be eager to absorb workers laid off from larger businesses, but this will not persist indefinitely. Claims in regular state programs increased 7,000 to 225,000 for the week ending November 5th, after reporting 218,000 initial claims the prior week. The four-week moving average declined to 218,750 from 219,000 the prior week. The total number of people continuing to receive regular ongoing state benefits, a report which is lagged one week, increased 6,000 to 1.493 million for the week ending October 29th.
  • The Federal Reserve reported consumer credit increased less than expected in September. Consumer credit increased $25.0 billion after gaining a downward revised $30.2 billion in August. Credit card debt increased $8.3 billion to $1.162 trillion, the smallest increase in four months. Auto and student loan debt increased by $16.7 billion to $3.539 trillion. Many households are beginning to pull back on spending as inflation drives up costs of most items. These figures are not adjusted for inflation.
  • The National Federation of Independent Business reported sentiment among small businesses pulled back in October as the sales outlook worsened. This is the first decline in optimism in four months. Inflation, supply chain disruptions and labor shortages continue to burden many small businesses. The index declined to 91.3 in October from a 92.1 reading in September.
  • The Commerce Department reported wholesale inventories rose 0.6% in September to $918.5 billion after gaining 1.4% in August. Year-on-year wholesale inventories have gained 24.1%. Wholesale trade sales increased 0.4% in September after remaining unchanged in August, with year-on-year sales up 14.4%. The ratio of inventory to sales remained unchanged at 1.31.
  • The Labor Department reported the consumer price index was below expectations in October, causing markets to recalibrate projected rate hikes by the Fed. We are seeing disinflation in parts of the goods sector as firms cut back on pricing to liquidate excess inventory. Household furnishings, electronics, apparel and used cars saw declines in prices. Services inflation also moderated, with decreases in airfares and medical insurance. Still, robust services inflation keeps alive the threat that inflation expectations will become anchored at an unacceptable level. The index gained 0.4% in October after climbing 0.4% in September. The year-on-year change in consumer prices is 7.7% in October. Service prices gained 0.4% in October after climbing 0.8% in September. Prices of commodity based manufactured goods climbed 0.5% in October after falling 0.3% the prior month. The core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, gained 0.3% in October after increasing 0.6% the prior month. The year-on-year change in core CPI is 6.3%.
  • The Treasury Department reported a budget deficit of $87.8 billion for the month of October with the government collecting $318.6 billion and spending $406.4 billion. This compares to a deficit of $165.1 billion a year earlier. This is the first month of the federal government’s fiscal year which is from October to September.
  • The University of Michigan’s preliminary index of consumer sentiment plunged in November, indicating the markets excitement about inflation being constrained after the CPI report may have been premature. Both the short and long-term household inflation outlook, which is closely monitored by the Fed, drifted higher even as gasoline prices stabilized. Inflation expectations remain at the high end of the Fed’s comfort zone. The index decreased to 54.7 in November from a 59.9 reading in October. The long-run inflation expectations index closely monitored by the Fed, climbed to 3.0% in November from 2.7% in September. The index of current conditions dropped to 57.8 from 65.6 the prior month while the index of expectations dropped to 52.7 from 56.2.
  • The Mortgage Bankers Association reported the MBA index of mortgage applications continued to fall last week, the twelfth decline in thirteen weeks. The index decreased 0.1% for the week ending November 4th, after falling 0.5% the previous week. Refinancing applications dropped 3.5% to 373.1 last week from 386.7. Home purchase mortgage applications increased 1.3% to 162.6. Refinancing made up 28.1% of applications with an average loan size of $277,900, while purchases average loan size was $403,300. The average contract rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 7.14% from 7.06% last week.


Friday’s yields for the 2-, 5-, 10- & 30-year Treasury benchmarks securities were 4.33%, 3.94%, 3.81% and 4.02%. The 2yr/5yr, 5yr/10yr, 10yr/30yr and 2yr/30yr spreads closed at -39, -13, 21, and -31 basis points respectively.

Economic/Events Calendar


November 15

Nov Empire Manufacturing (-6.0)

7:30 Central

Oct Producer Price Index (0.3%)

7:30 Central

Oct Producer Price Index-YOY (8.3%)

7:30 Central

Oct PPI Ex Food & Energy (0.3%)

7:30 Central

Oct PPI Ex Food & Energy-YOY (7.2%)

7:30 Central


November 16

Nov 11th MBA Mortgage Applications

6:00 Central

Oct Retail Sales (1.0%)

7:30 Central

Oct Retail Sales ex Auto & Gas (0.2%)

7:30 Central

Oct Import Price Index (-0.4%)

7:30 Central

Oct Import Price Index-YOY (4.2%)

7:30 Central

Oct Import Price Index ex Petroleum (-0.9%)

7:30 Central

Oct Industrial Production (0.1%)

8:15 Central

Oct Capacity Utilization (80.4%)

8:15 Central

Sep Business Inventories (0.5%)

9:00 Central

Nov NAHB Hosing Market Index (36)

9:00 Central


November 17

Nov 12th Initial Jobless Claims (225k)

7:30 Central

Oct Housing Starts (1,410k)

7:30 Central

Oct Building Permits (1,512k)

7:30 Central


November 18

Oct Existing Home Sales (4.38m)

9:00 Central

Oct Leading Index (-0.4%)

9:00 Central

About the Expert

Troy Clark

Senior Vice President, Fixed Income Strategist, Fixed Income Sales & Trading

Mr. Clark has been in investment banking since 1983. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has been a fixed income strategist at Stephens Inc. since 1996, developing investment strategies, policies and procedures for institutions consistent with overall asset/liability management.

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