Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Earlier for the NY Fed: Manufacturing Activity "grew strongly" in August

by Bill McBride on 8/15/2017 12:54:00 PM

Earlier from the NY Fed: Empire State Manufacturing Survey

Business activity grew strongly in New York State, according to firms responding to the August 2017 Empire State Manufacturing Survey. The headline general business conditions index climbed fifteen points to 25.2, its highest level in nearly three years. The new orders index rose seven points to 20.6 and the shipments index edged up to 12.4, pointing to solid gains in orders and shipments. ...
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After retreating for the preceding three months, the index for number of employees increased two points to 6.2, pointing to a modest rise in employment levels, and the average workweek index advanced to 10.9, indicating that the average workweek lengthened. ...

Indexes assessing the six-month outlook suggested that firms were quite optimistic about future conditions. The index for future business conditions rose ten points to 45.2, and the index for future new orders moved up eight points to 41.3. Employment was expected to increase modestly, though the average workweek was expected to decline slightly.
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This was well above the consensus forecast of a reading of 10.0.