Monday, April 30, 2018

Dallas Fed: "Growth in Texas Manufacturing Rebounds Strongly"

by Bill McBride on 4/30/2018 10:37:00 AM

From the Dallas Fed: Growth in Texas Manufacturing Rebounds Strongly

Texas factory activity rose markedly in April after posting slower growth in March, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, increased 11 points to 25.3.

Other indexes of manufacturing activity also rose sharply in April. The new orders and growth rate of orders indexes jumped to their highest readings this year, 27.9 and 18.9, respectively. The capacity utilization index climbed eight points to 18.7, and the shipments index rose nine points to 19.3.

Perceptions of broader business conditions remained highly positive on net in April. The general business activity index was largely unchanged at 21.8, and the company outlook index edged up four points to 23.6. Both indexes remained far above their average levels.

Labor market measures suggested stronger growth in employment and work hours in April. The employment index came in at 17.8, up six points from March. Twenty-four percent of firms noted net hiring, compared with 6 percent noting net layoffs. The hours worked index moved up four points to 14.3.
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This was the last of the regional Fed surveys for April.

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

Based on these regional surveys, it seems likely the ISM manufacturing index will be solid again in April, but probably lower than in March (to be released tomorrow, Tuesday, May 1st).