Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Activity Stabilized in June

by Calculated Risk on 6/28/2011 02:05:00 PM

Earlier today from the Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Activity Stabilized in June; Expectations Edge Higher

In June, the seasonally adjusted composite index of manufacturing activity — our broadest measure of the sector — picked up nine points to 3 from May's reading of −6. Among the index's components, shipments added twelve points to −1, new orders rose sixteen points to finish at 1, while the jobs index slipped two points to 12.
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Hiring activity at District plants was also mixed in June. The manufacturing employment index eased two points to 12 and the average workweek measure turned negative, losing five points to −5. However, wage growth edged higher, gaining three points to finish at 9.
This is the second regional survey to show expansion in June and was slightly stronger than expected (the Dallas Fed showed slower expansion in June).

Earlier this month, the Philly and Empire State surveys indicated contraction. So far these regional surveys suggest the ISM index will be in the low 50s in June (or possibly even below 50). I'll post a graph of the regional surveys vs. the ISM index on Thursday. The ISM index will be released Friday.

Earlier ...
Case Shiller: Home Prices increase in April
Update: Real House Prices and Price-to-Rent