Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NY Fed: Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates "business activity continued to expand at a modest pace" in February

by Bill McBride on 2/17/2015 08:45:00 AM

From the NY Fed: Empire State Manufacturing Survey

The February 2015 Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates that business activity continued to expand at a modest pace for New York manufacturers. The headline general business conditions index edged down two points to 7.8. The new orders index fell five points to 1.2—evidence that orders were flat—while the shipments index climbed to 14.1. Employment indexes pointed to an increase in employment levels and little change in the average workweek. ...
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Indexes assessing the six-month outlook, though generally positive, conveyed considerably less optimism about future business activity than in recent months. The index for future general business conditions plunged twenty-three points to 25.6, its lowest level in more than two years.
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This is the first of the regional surveys for February.  The general business conditions index was below the consensus forecast of a reading of 9.0, and indicates modest expansion in February.