Monday, February 01, 2016

ISM Manufacturing index increased to 48.2 in January

by Bill McBride on 2/01/2016 10:08:00 AM

The ISM manufacturing index indicated contraction in January. The PMI was at 48.2% in January, up from 48.0% in December. The employment index was at 45.9%, down from 48.0% in December, and the new orders index was at 51.5%, up from 48.8%.

From the Institute for Supply Management: January 2016 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in January for the fourth consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 80th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "The January PMI® registered 48.2 percent, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from the seasonally adjusted December reading of 48 percent. The New Orders Index registered 51.5 percent, an increase of 2.7 percentage points from the seasonally adjusted reading of 48.8 percent in December. The Production Index registered 50.2 percent, 0.3 percentage point higher than the seasonally adjusted December reading of 49.9 percent. The Employment Index registered 45.9 percent, 2.1 percentage points below the seasonally adjusted December reading of 48 percent. Inventories of raw materials registered 43.5 percent, the same reading as in December. The Prices Index registered 33.5 percent, the same reading as in December, indicating lower raw materials prices for the 15th consecutive month. Comments from the panel indicate a mix ranging from strong to soft orders, as eight of our 18 industries report an increase in orders, and seven industries report a decrease in orders."
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ISM PMIClick on graph for larger image.

Here is a long term graph of the ISM manufacturing index.

This was close to expectations of 48.3%, and suggests manufacturing contracted in January.