US Manufacturing Survey Fell More than Expected in November

The Institute for Supply Management’s measure of manufacturing activity contracted more than expected in November while continuing the overall economy’s 102-month growth streak.

Manufacturing sector activity decreased to 58.2 in November, 0.5 points below the prior month’s reading of 58.7. Economists expected the manufacturing index to slip to 58.4 in November, according to a Reuters poll.

Fourteen out of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth in November, including paper products, machinery and transportation equipment. Of the four laggards, wood products and petroleum and coal products posted contraction during the November period.

Respondents from the transportation industry said the “overall industry remains strong. [We] continue to have a healthy backlog of orders.”

A reading above 50 for the index indicates expansion in the service sector, and a reading below 50 signals contraction. By this measure, the overall economy has grown for 102 consecutive months and the manufacturing sector has grown for 15 consecutive months.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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