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Thursday, October 01, 2009

ISM Manufacturing shows expansion in September

by Calculated Risk on 10/01/2009 10:00:00 AM

PMI at 52.6% in September down from 52.9% in August.

From the Institute for Supply Management: September 2009 Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the second consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the fifth consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Norbert J. Ore, CPSM, C.P.M., chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "The manufacturing sector grew for the second consecutive month in September. While the rate of growth moderated slightly when compared to August, the recovery broadened as the number of industries reporting growth increased from 11 to 13. Both new orders and production are growing, but at a slower rate when compared to August. It appears the fundamentals for continuing recovery are still at work as inventories and sales are gaining balance."
ISM's New Orders Index registered 60.8 percent in September, 4.1 percentage points lower than the 64.9 percent registered in August. This is the third consecutive month of growth in the New Orders Index. A New Orders Index above 48.8 percent, over time, is generally consistent with an increase in the Census Bureau's series on manufacturing orders (in constant 2000 dollars).
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As noted, any reading above 50 shows expansion.

Also, from the NAR: Record Streak Continues for Pending Home Sales
The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in August, rose 6.4 percent to 103.8 from a reading of 97.6 in July, and is 12.4 percent above August 2008 when it was 92.4. The index is at the highest level since March 2007 when it was 104.5.