Manufacturing Index Slipped into Correction Territory

Manufacturing Index Slipped into Correction Territory The manufacturing index slipped into correction territory in December, according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).  It dipped to 48.4, the lowest number for this factory bellwether since the early days of the pandemic in May 2020. New orders and production were both lower and both were also [...]

2023-01-13T13:32:09-05:00A View|

US Consumer Confidence Index Highest Level Since April 2022

US Consumer Confidence Index Highest Level Since April 2022 The US Consumer Confidence Index highest level since April 2022, increased in December, following back-to-back monthly declines. Growth in Texas factory Activity in December The Federal reserve Bank of Dallas released its Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey and reports growth in Texas factory activity resumed in December. [...]

2023-01-13T13:14:17-05:00A View|

Housing Starts Dropped Again

Housing Starts Dropped Again Housing starts dropped again, declining 4.2%, to a 1.425 million-unit pace in October, the second straight monthly drop. Total housing starts are down 8.8% year-over-year basis. Building permits dropped 2.4% during the month. Overall, the housing correction continues with little indication that a bottom is in sight. Wells Fargo US Raw [...]

2022-12-05T13:58:57-05:00A View|

Lower Than Expected Prices

Lower Than Expected Prices Lower-than-expected prices are certainly welcome news after a string of elevated monthly increases. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose “only” 0.4% in October while excluding food and energy.  That said, consumer price inflation is well above the Fed’s target rate of 2%, which likely will keep the FOMC biased towards over-tightening, [...]

2022-12-05T13:31:13-05:00A View|

Marginal Improvements in October

Marginal Improvements in October Marginal improvements in October, after the across-the-board September plunge in most indicators. The Chicago Business Barometer dipped a further half-point to 45.2 in October.  Growth in Texas Factory Activity Continued in October The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas released its Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey and reports growth in Texas factory activity [...]

2022-12-05T13:14:15-05:00A View|

Increased Exports, Consumer Spending Reflected in Q3 Increase

Increased Exports, Consumer Spending Reflected in Q3 Increase Increased exports, consumer spending reflected in Q3 increase were partly offset by a decrease in housing investment.  In its advance estimate (of 3) of Q3 GDP the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports GDP increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent, in contrast to a 0.6% decrease [...]

2022-12-02T15:03:54-05:00A View|

Industrial Production Rose in September

Industrial Production Rose in September Industrial production rose in September, regaining its footing by rising 0.4% after having fallen three of the prior four months. Activity Declined Modestly in New York State The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released its Empire State Manufacturing Survey results and reports business activity declined modestly in New York [...]

2022-12-02T14:38:20-05:00A View|

Technology Equipment Highest Total Since Q1

Technology Equipment Highest Total Since Q1 Technology equipment highest total since Q1, with machine tool manufacturers booking $460.7 million worth of manufacturing technology equipment in the latest report. But long lead times and a potential economic slowdown threaten sustained order activity in the months ahead. US Raw Steel Production Down from Previous Week In the [...]

2022-12-02T14:10:30-05:00A View|

Machine Tool Manufacturers Book High Totals

Machine Tool Manufacturers Book High Totals Machine tool manufacturers booked high totals - $460.7 million worth of manufacturing technology equipment - in the latest report. It is the highest total since Q1-but long lead times and a potential economic slowdown threaten sustained order activity in the months ahead. US Raw Steel Production Down from Previous [...]

2022-10-18T14:43:32-04:00A View|
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