Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Earlier from Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Activity Declined in June

by Bill McBride on 6/28/2016 02:51:00 PM

Earlier from the Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Sector Activity Declined; New Orders Decreased, Firms Continued to Increase Wages

Fifth District manufacturing activity weakened in June, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. New orders and shipments declined this month, while backlogs decreased further compared to last month. Manufacturing employment softened, while firms continued to increase wages.
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Overall, manufacturing conditions weakened in June. The composite index for manufacturing dropped to a reading of −7. ...

Manufacturing hiring softened in June. The index leveled off to a reading of −1, compared to last month's reading of 4. The average workweek index dropped 10 points this month to end −4. Average wage growth remained on pace with last month; that index slipped only one point to end at a reading of 14.
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This was the last of the regional Fed surveys for June.

Here is a graph comparing the regional Fed surveys and the ISM manufacturing index:

Fed Manufacturing Surveys and ISM PMI Click on graph for larger image.

The New York and Philly Fed surveys are averaged together (yellow, through June), and five Fed surveys are averaged (blue, through June) including New York, Philly, Richmond, Dallas and Kansas City. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) PMI (red) is through May (right axis).

It seems likely the ISM manufacturing index will show expansion in June. The consensus is for the ISM to be at 51.5, up from 51.3 in May.