manufacturing

Industrial Production Had a Good Month, But Still Down for the Year

The Federal Reserve Industrial Production & Capacity Utilization report reversed itself from last month and had a 0.7% blowout.  March though was revised downward to a -0.9% decline.  Mining is still repressed but manufacturing showed signs of life for the month.  Utilities increase due to the return to seasonal weather from last month.

ISM Manufacturing Survey Reports a Ho-Hum PMI of 50.8%

The April 2016 ISM Manufacturing Survey is a ho-hum month of manufacturing molasses.  While in growth, Manufacturing is barely so and inventories are in their 10th month of contraction.  PMI was 50.8%, -1.0 percentage point lower than March.  New orders dropped -2.5 percentage points but are still in growth.  Manufacturing Employment is still contracting and has been for five months.

Industrial Production Grim With a -2.2% Q1 Decline

The Federal Reserve Industrial Production & Capacity Utilization report declined -0.6% in March.  Worse, this is the second month in a row for a -0.6% decline.  More ominous is a first quarter annualized -2.2% contraction.  Mining by itself had the biggest monthly decline since September 2008.  It is not just energy production that is the culprit dragging down industrial production.

February Industrial Production Drops -0.5%

The Federal Reserve Industrial Production & Capacity Utilization report declined -0.5% for February on mining and utilities.  More ominous is an annual -1.0% decline.  January was revised to a 0.8% monthly increase.  The G.17 industrial production statistical release is also known as output for factories and mines.

 

ISM Survey Says Manufacturing Still In Contraction

The January 2016 ISM Manufacturing Survey is yet month of awful.  Manufacturing is in a 4th month of contraction.  This time is a smidgen better than December.  PMI was 48.2%, 0.2 percentage points higher than the previous revised month.  New orders did come out of contraction, but barely, while employment continued to plunge.  Only eight sectors showed any growth according to the survey.

Industrial Production Down for Three Months in a Row

The Federal Reserve Industrial Production & Capacity Utilization report shows more malaise for the U.S. manufacturing sector.  The bad news is industrial production dropped by a hefty -0.4% for December.  Worse, November was revised downward 0.3 percentage points to a -0.9% monthly decline  October also was negative, a -0.2% decline, and September showed no change.

ISM Manufacturing Survey Shows Contraction Once Again

The December ISM Manufacturing Survey is yet another awful month.  Manufacturing is in a second month of contraction and this time slightly deeper than November.  PMI was 48.2%, -0.4 percentage points lower than the previous month.  New orders is still in contraction and employment plunged and went into contraction.  Only six sectors showed any growth according to the survey.

ISM Index Shows a Barely Breathing Manufacturing Sector, PMI 50.2%

The September ISM Manufacturing Survey shows yet more deceleration of the manufacturing sector.  While a PMI of 50.2% is still growth, it is barely growth.  The composite PMI decreased by -0.9 percentage points and new orders decreased by -1.6 percentage points.  Order backlogs truly imploded.

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