CN: CFLP Manufacturing PMI

Sat Dec 30 19:00:00 CST 2017

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CFLP Mfg PMI 51.6 51.8

China's CFLP Manufacturing PMI headline index fell from 51.8 in November to 51.6 in December, matching the consensus forecast.

The modest decline in the headline index reflects signs of slower output growth in the sector over the last month, with the survey's production index dropping from 54.3 in November to 54.0 in December. The new orders index also fell from 53.6 to 53.4, while the employment index signalled a faster pace of job shedding, dropping from 48.8 to 48.5. Offsetting these declines, the new export orders index rose from 50.8 to 51.9, its highest level since June, while the survey's measure of business expectations advanced from 57.9 to 58.7.

Also released today, the CFLP Non-Manufacturing PMI headline index rose from 54.8 in November to 55.0 in December. The Caixin Manufacturing and Services PMI surveys for December will be released in coming days.

China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) is the monthly survey of about 800 purchasing managers that is conducted jointly by CFLP and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The questions focus on the health of the manufacturing sector. The numeric result is a diffusion index. A reading above 50 indicates that manufacturing is growing. A reading below 50 indicates contraction.

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 purchasing managers' manufacturing indexes, 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 CLFP 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. The survey tends to have a greater impact when it is released prior to the HSBC/Markit manufacturing PMI because the two reports are correlated.