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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

ISM Manufacturing Index decreases slightly to 56.6 in November

by Calculated Risk on 12/01/2010 10:00:00 AM

PMI at 56.6% in November, down slightly from 56.9% in October. The consensus was for a decrease to 56.5%.

From the Institute for Supply Management: November 2010 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 during November, with both new orders and production continuing to expand. With the PMI at 56.6 percent, November's rate of growth is the second fastest in the last six months. Exports and imports continue to support expansion in the sector. Prices moderated slightly during the month, but comments from the respondents express concerns with regard to pricing pressures. The list of commodities in short supply increased, though short supply items are not yet posing significant problems. Manufacturing continues to benefit from the recovery in autos, but those industries reliant upon housing continue to struggle."
ISM PMI Aug 2010 Click on graph for larger image in new window.

Here is a long term graph of the ISM manufacturing index.

In addition to the PMI, the ISM's new orders index was down to 56.6 from 58.9 in October.

The employment index decreased to 57.5 from 57.7 in October.

This was in line with the regional Fed manufacturing surveys.