In Depth Analysis: CalculatedRisk Newsletter on Real Estate (Ad Free) Read it here.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Philly Fed Survey: "Regional manufacturing remained weak in July"

by Calculated Risk on 7/21/2011 10:00:00 AM

From the Philly Fed: July 2011 Business Outlook Survey

The survey’s broadest measure of manufacturing conditions, the diffusion index of current activity, increased to 3.2 from -7.7 [any reading above zero is expansion]. The demand for manufactured goods, as measured by the current new orders index, improved from last month but suggests flat demand: The index rose 8 points to a reading of zero ...

Firms’ responses suggest a slight improvement in the labor market compared to June. The current employment index increased 5 points and remained positive for the 11th consecutive month. ...

Diffusion indexes for prices paid and prices received were lower this month and suggest a continued trend of moderating price pressures. The prices paid index declined 2 points, following a sharp drop of 22 points last month.
The broadest indicator of future activity improved markedly this month, rebounding from its lowest reading in 31 months in June.
This indicates a little expansion in July. This was about at the consensus of 5.0.

ISM PMI Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

Here is a graph comparing the regional Fed surveys and the ISM manufacturing index. The dashed green line is an average of the NY Fed (Empire State) and Philly Fed surveys through July. The ISM and total Fed surveys are through June.

The averaged Empire State and Philly Fed surveys are back close to zero combined. July was a little better than June for both surveys.