MH Daily Bulletin: August 1

August 1, 2022 • Posted in Daily Bulletin

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  • The U.S. reported 125,355 new COVID-19 infections and 373 virus fatalities Sunday.
  • The U.S. president returned to isolation over the weekend after testing positive for COVID-19 in a “rebound” case just days after reporting negative. 
  • Repeat infections account for 1 in every 7 COVID-19 infections in California, the highest level of the pandemic. 
  • The U.S. administration will begin its fall COVID-19 booster campaign in September, aided by the $1.74 billion purchase of 66 million Omicron-tailored vaccines from Moderna. 
  • Experts are warning individuals who are at high-risk for COVID-19 not to wait to get a next-generation vaccine dose in the fall if they have yet to receive their second booster vaccine, saying that current shots continue to offer protection against hospitalization for severe disease and death. 
  • New data suggests that long COVID has taken at least 4 million full-time equivalent workers out of the U.S. workforce, accounting for around 2.4% of the nation’s working population. 
  • The S&P 500 and Nasdaq posted their biggest monthly percentage gains since 2020 in July on positive second-quarter results from large firms. 
  • At least 358 companies have either delayed or canceled financing plans this year, accounting for more than a combined $254 billion in deals, as surging inflation and ongoing energy shortages continue to rattle the global economy. 
  • American personal consumption expenditures — the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge — rose 6.8% in June, the biggest 12-month move since 1982. 
  • U.S. consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of economic activity, grew at a healthy 1.1% rate in June, according to the federal government:
United States Personal Spending
  • The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index rose to 51.5 in July from a record-low 50 in June:
United States Michigan Consumer Sentiment
  • Consumer one-year inflation expectations eased.
  • U.S. labor costs rose 1.3% in the second quarter as a tight job market continued to boost wage growth, while real wages declined 3.1% due to inflation. 
  • Credit card balances for people aged 25 and younger rose by 30% in the second quarter from a year earlier, as surging inflation causes younger Americans to accrue more debt.  
  • In the latest news from second-quarter earnings season:
    • Sony trimmed its full-year forecasts after a 37% drop in operating profit at its key gaming unit. 
    • Strong sales of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 antiviral therapy led the firm to boost its revenue forecast for 2022. 
    • Agricultural and construction machine maker CNH Industrial beat estimates with a 14% rise in operating profit. 
    • Leading copper producer Codelco saw profit drop 35% to $2.4 billion in the first half, dragged down by lower production and higher costs. 
    • Procter & Gamble saw net sales rise 3% as higher pricing offset a slip in volume. The firm’s stock fell after it said rising transport and commodity costs would dent forward sales growth
  • Walmart will start selling refurbished items made by Apple, Samsung and Whirlpool to help consumers cope with surging prices for new electronics amid surging inflation. 

International Markets

  • Japan posted a record 233,094 COVID-19 cases last Thursday, putting pressure on the nation’s hospitals and disrupting some company operations. 
  • One in every 12 Australian hospital beds is filled by someone with COVID-19 as the nation continues to post record virus fatalities. 
  • New Zealand’s borders fully reopened to foreign visitors for the first time of the pandemic today.
  • COVID-19 infections are beginning to drop from recent highs in the U.K. 
  • Surprise economic growth in Spain, France and Italy led the euro zone economy to stronger-than-expected growth of 0.7% in the second quarter. Germany’s economy, the euro zone’s largest, was flat
  • Canada’s economy likely grew at an annual rate of 4.6% in the second quarter, leading economists to expect another big interest-rate hike in September. 
  • Mexico’s economy expanded 1% in the second quarter, its third consecutive quarter of growth, beating forecasts. However, manufacturing activity contracted in July.
  • China’s manufacturing activity unexpectedly contracted in July. Separately, recent trouble in the nation’s property sector has banks worrying over mortgage losses that could extend into the hundreds of billions of dollars. 
China NBS Manufacturing PMI
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