China’s PMI Surveys Show Recovery in Manufacturing

Manufacturing activity improved in China in March, separate surveys showed Friday, helping ease concerns over the health of the world’s second-largest economy.

China’s official manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) came in at 50.2 for March, above a forecast of 49.3 from a Reuters poll, returning to growth for the first time since July. That compares with 49.0 in February, which was the lowest reading since 2011.

China’s official services PMI rose to 53.8 in March from 52.7 in February.

Levels below 50 signal contraction, while levels above indicate growth.

CNBC

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst - UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and BNN. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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