Thursday, May 17, 2018

Earlier: Philly Fed Manufacturing Survey "Suggest a pickup in growth" in May

by Bill McBride on 5/17/2018 01:12:00 PM

From the Philly Fed: May 2018 Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey

Results from the May Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey suggest a pickup in growth of the region’s manufacturing sector. The survey’s indexes for general activity, new orders, shipments, and employment increased from their readings in April. A notable share of firms also reported higher prices for their own manufactured goods this month. The survey’s future indexes, measuring expectations for the next six months, reflected continued optimism.

The diffusion index for current general activity increased 11 points, from 23.2 in April to 34.4 this month. Over 43 percent of the manufacturers reported increases in overall activity this month, while 9 percent reported decreases. ... The firms continued to report overall increases in employment. Nearly 37 percent of the responding firms reported increases in employment, while 6 percent reported decreases this month. The current employment index edged 3 points higher to 30.2, its highest reading in seven months.
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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 May), 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 April (right axis).

This suggests the ISM manufacturing index will show solid expansion again in May, and probably stronger than in April.