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Economic Data (USA)

Monday, July 01, 2019

ISM Manufacturing Index for June 2019

Earlier today, the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) released their Manufacturing Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI®) for June 2019:

Predicted: 51.1%
Actual: 51.7% (-0.4 point month-on-month change)


Previous month: 52.1%


Every month, the ISM surveys purchasing and supply executives at hundreds of companies across the country who are involved in manufacturing in some form. The resulting index is watched closely by academics, economists and investors because manufacturing accounts for about 12% of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The PMI is a reliable barometer of U.S. manufacturing: A PMI above 50% implies that U.S. manufacturing expanded during the month specified, while a reading below 50% implies that the made-in-the-USA sector contracted.


From Today's Report:

"...Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June, and the overall economy grew for the 122ND consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®..."

The following is a sampling of quotes from a diverse pool of U.S. manufacturers:

  •     'China tariffs and pending Mexico tariffs are wreaking havoc with supply chains and costs. The situation is crazy, driving a huge amount of work [and] costs, as well as potential supply disruptions.'
     (Computer + Electronic Products)
  •     'Tariffs are causing an increase in cost of goods, meaning U.S. consumers are paying more for products.'
     (Chemical Products)

  •     'Demand for the remainder of 2019 has softened significantly, due to issues in the aerospace industry. The 2020 outlook is looking stronger. Overall, state and local economies remain strong. Recruiting for open positions still requires time to find the right candidates.'
     (Transportation Equipment)

  •     'Global demand remains very strong. [We] shifted shipments to China from our U.S. plants to our Canadian and European plants because of tariffs.'
     (Food, Beverage + Tobacco Products)

  •     'Tariffs continue to be a challenge. We are concerned about the implementation of Mexican tariffs and the cost pressures it will have on our Latin American business.'
     (Petroleum + Coal Products)

  •     'Tariffs continue to adversely impact decisions and forecasting. Our increasing fear is that current trends will weaken the global economy, influencing our ability to grow in 2020 and beyond.'     (Fabricated Metal Products)

  •     'A late planting season has caused a slowdown in our agricultural business. Seeing higher prices due to tariffs and tariff-related supply chain issues.'

  •     'Business is still strong. Pricing on raw materials has stabilized.'
     (Plastics + Rubber Products)

  •     'Business has slowed in the last 30 to 60 days. The last 30 days have tracked 4 percent below plan, but still 6 to 8 percent above the previous year to date.'
     (Miscellaneous Manufacturing)

  •     'Weather in various markets across the country has improved month over month, which has positively affected our daily output. If the trend continues, we will have to replenish [at] an increased month-over-month rate.'
     (Wood Products)


ISM Manufacturing Index - 12 Month History - June 2019 Update
ISM Manufacturing Index - 12 Month History - June 2019 Update



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