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ISM Manufacturing Survey – Slight Moderation in U.S. Factory Activity

Economics / US Economy Dec 02, 2010 - 02:54 AM GMT

By: Asha_Bangalore

Economics

The ISM manufacturing survey results for November show a moderation in the pace of activity. The level of the composite index during November (56.6) suggests that the manufacturing is growing but at a slightly slower pace compared with October (56.9). Indexes tracking new orders (56.6 vs. 58.9 in October) and production (55.0 vs. 62.7 in October) declined but are holding above 50.0. Indexes measuring employment and exports dropped, while the import orders index moved up during November. The national index points to a mild slowing in factory conditions, while the November regional surveys of Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York sent a more bullish message.



Overseas, the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) of China rose to 55.2 in November from 54.7 in October; the November reading is the highest since April 2010. The HSBC index for manufacturing in India advanced to 58.4 from 57.2 in October. Reportedly the JPMorgan Global PMI rose to 53.9 during November from 53.7 in October. The main inference is that the global factory sector is humming along.

Asha Bangalore — Senior Vice President and Economist

http://www.northerntrust.com
Asha Bangalore is Vice President and Economist at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. Prior to joining the bank in 1994, she was Consultant to savings and loan institutions and commercial banks at Financial & Economic Strategies Corporation, Chicago.

Copyright © 2010 Asha Bangalore

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of The Northern Trust Company. The Northern Trust Company does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of information contained herein, such information is subject to change and is not intended to influence your investment decisions.


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