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Growth in Markit's manufacturing sample remains as slow as it's been since October 2013, stuck at 53.0 for the September flash. The reading is the same as the final August result and little changed from August's flash of 52.9. It's also below the recovery's 54.3 average.
Growth in new orders is the slowest since January with businesses citing caution among customers and subdued business conditions. Export orders, hurt by weak foreign demand and strength in the dollar, have been very weak this year but did improve slightly in the latest report. Slow orders are leading the sample to slow hiring and trim inventories. The latest gain for employment is only marginal and the weakest since July last year.
Prices are especially weak in the report, showing the first drop in four months for input costs and the first drop in finished goods since August 2012. Fed policy makers, concerned by low inflation, are likely to take special notice.
The 53.0 headline points to more strength than many of the details of the report. Together with the September run so far of regional surveys, the manufacturing sector does not look like it's having much of a month. Watch for durable goods orders tomorrow for definitive data on August followed by the Kansas City manufacturing update for September.
Market Consensus Before Announcement
The manufacturing PMI is expected to firm slightly to 53.1 which would indicate an extension of moderate factory growth. Growth indications from this report have slowed through the year with weakness in exports a chief factor.
Purchasing Managers' Manufacturing Index (PMIs) is based on monthly questionnaire surveys of selected companies which provide an advance indication of what is really happening in the private sector economy by tracking changes in variables such as output, new orders, stock levels, employment and prices across the manufacturing sectors. The flash index, usually released about a week before the final, gives a preliminary reading of conditions for the current month.
Purchasing Managers' Manufacturing Index (PMIs) is based on monthly questionnaire surveys of selected companies which provide an advance indication of what is really happening in the private sector economy. The flash index, usually released about a week before the final, gives a preliminary reading of conditions for the current month.
Investors need to keep their fingers on the pulse of the economy because it dictates how various types of investments will perform. By tracking economic data such as the ISM manufacturing index in the U.S. and the Markit PMIs in the U.S. and elsewhere, investors will know what the economic backdrop is for the various markets. The stock market likes to see healthy economic growth because that translates to higher corporate profits. The bond market prefers less rapid growth and is extremely sensitive to whether the economy is growing too quickly and causing potential inflationary pressures.
The Markit PMI manufacturing data give a detailed look at the manufacturing sector, how busy it is and where things are headed. Since the manufacturing sector is a major source of cyclical variability in the economy, this report has a big influence on the markets. And its sub-indexes provide a picture of orders, output, employment and prices.