Thursday, July 18, 2013

Philly Fed Manufacturing Survey indicates Solid Expansion in July

by Bill McBride on 7/18/2013 10:00:00 AM

From the Philly Fed: July Manufacturing Survey

Manufacturing firms responding to the July Business Outlook Survey indicated that regional manufacturing conditions improved this month. All of the survey’s broadest current indicators were positive, and most showed improvement from last month. The surveyʹs indicators of future activity also showed a notable rise, suggesting that firms expect a pickup in business over the next six months.

The survey’s broadest measure of manufacturing conditions, the diffusion index of current activity, increased from 12.5 in June to 19.8, its highest reading since March 2011.

Labor market conditions showed a notable improvement this month. The current employment index, at 7.7, registered its first positive reading in four months.
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This was above the consensus forecast of a reading of 9.0 for July.  Earlier in the week, the Empire State manufacturing survey also indicated faster expansion in July.

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 July. The ISM and total Fed surveys are through June.

The average of the Empire State and Philly Fed surveys turned positive in June, and increased further in July.  This suggests a further rebound in the ISM report for July.