Monday, June 30, 2014

Dallas Fed: Manufacturing Activty Increases "Picks Up Pace" in June

by Calculated Risk on 6/30/2014 10:30:00 AM

From the Dallas Fed: Texas Manufacturing Activity Picks Up Pace

Texas factory activity increased again in June, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, rose from 11 to 15.5, indicating output grew at a faster pace than in May.

Other measures of current manufacturing activity also reflected growth in June. The new orders index rose from 3.8 to 6.5 but remained below the levels seen earlier in the year. The capacity utilization index held steady at 9.2. The shipments index came in at 10.3, similar to its May level, with nearly a third of manufacturers noting an increase in volumes.

Perceptions of broader business conditions were more optimistic this month. The general business activity index rose from 8 to 11.4. ...

Labor market indicators reflected stronger employment growth and longer workweeks. The June employment index rebounded to 13.1 after dipping to 2.9 in May.
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Here is a graph comparing the regional Fed surveys and the ISM manufacturing index:

Fed Manufacturing Surveys and ISM PMI Click on graph for larger image.

The New York and Philly Fed surveys are averaged together (dashed green, through June), and five Fed surveys are averaged (blue, through June) including New York, Philly, Richmond, Dallas and Kansas City. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) PMI (red) is through May (right axis).

All of the regional surveys showed expansion in June, and it seems likely the ISM index will be at about the same level as in May, or increase slightly in June.  The ISM index for June will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, July 1st.