by Calculated Risk on 2/16/2012 10:26:00 PM
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Earlier from the Philly Fed: February 2012 Business Outlook Survey
The survey’s broadest measure of manufacturing conditions, the diffusion index ofThis indicates expansion in Febraury, at a faster pace than in January, and slightly above the consensus forecast of +8.4.
current activity, edged higher from a reading of 7.3 in January to 10.2, its highest level since October. ... The new orders index was positive for the fifth consecutive month and increased from 6.9 to 11.7.
The current employment index, which has been positive for six consecutive months, fell from a reading of 11.6 in January to 1.1 this month, suggesting little overall growth in employment.
The future general activity index fell from a reading of 49.0 in January to 33.3 this month. The index, which has increased for five consecutive months, remains at a relatively high level.
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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 February. The ISM and total Fed surveys are through January.
The average of the Empire State and Philly Fed surveys increased again in February, and is at the highest level since April 2011.
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Posted by Calculated Risk on 2/16/2012 10:26:00 PM