Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Final November Consumer Sentiment at 82.7, MarkIt Flash PMI shows Improvement in Manufacturing

by Bill McBride on 11/21/2012 09:58:00 AM

Consumer Sentiment
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The final Reuters / University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for November declined to 82.7 from the preliminary reading of 84.9, and was up from the October reading of 82.6.

This was below the consensus forecast of 84.0. Overall, consumer sentiment has been improving; the recent decline in sentiment might be related to the stock market decline (the consumer sentiment index is impacted by employment, gasoline prices, the stock market and more).

From MarkIt: Manufacturing growth strengthens to five-month high in November

The Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index™ (PMI™)1 signalled the strongest improvement in U.S. manufacturing business conditions for five months in November. The preliminary ‘flash’ PMI reading, which is based on around 85% of usual monthly replies, rose to 52.4 from 51.0 in October to indicate a moderate manufacturing expansion overall.

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