Thursday, December 15, 2011

Empire State and Philly Fed Manufacturing Indexes show improvement in December

by Bill McBride on 12/15/2011 10:15:00 AM

From the NY Fed: Empire State Manufacturing Survey

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates that manufacturing activity improved in New York State in December. The general business conditions index rose nine points to 9.5, its highest level since May. The new orders index climbed above zero, to 5.1, and the shipments index advanced eleven points to 20.9. ... Employment indexes were mixed, showing a slight increase in employment levels but a slight decrease in the length of the average workweek.
From the Philly Fed: December 2011 Business Outlook Survey
The diffusion index of current activity, the survey’s broadest measure of manufacturing conditions, remained positive for the third consecutive month and increased from 3.6 in November to 10.3. ... The current employment index remained positive at 10.7, only 1 point lower than in November. The average workweek index also remained positive but fell nearly 9 points.
Both surveys indicate expansion in December, and at a faster pace than in November. Both indexes were above the consensus forecasts.

ISM PMI Click on graph for larger image.

Here is a graph comparing the regional Fed surveys and the ISM manufacturing index. The dashed green line is an average of the NY Fed (Empire State) and Philly Fed surveys through December. The ISM and total Fed surveys are through November.

The average of the Empire State and Philly Fed surveys increased again in December and suggests the December ISM index will be in the mid 50s.
All current manufacturing graphs

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