by Bill McBride on 5/02/2011 10:00:00 AM
Monday, May 02, 2011
PMI at 60.4% in April, down from 61.2% in March. The employment index was at 62.7 and new orders at 61.7. All slightly slower than in March, but still very strong.
From the Institute for Supply Management: April 2011 Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®
The report was issued today by Norbert J. Ore, CPSM, C.P.M., chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "The recent trend of rapid growth in the manufacturing sector continued in April as the PMI registered above 60 percent for the fourth consecutive month. The New Orders and Production Indexes continue to drive the PMI, as they have both exceeded 60 percent for five consecutive months. Manufacturing employment appears to have developed significant momentum, as the Employment Index readings for the first four months of 2011 are the highest readings in the last 38 years. Inventory growth also took place in April after two months of destocking; however, the inventory restocking would appear to be necessitated by the strong performance in new orders. While the manufacturing sector is definitely performing above most expectations so far in 2011, manufacturers are experiencing significant cost pressures from commodities and other inputs."Click on graph for larger image in new window.
Here is a long term graph of the ISM manufacturing index.
This was a strong report and above expectations of 59.5%.