It looks like those regional manufacturing surveys were giving off some false warnings after all. This morning’s ISM Manufacturing Survey came in at 54.8, above expectations of 53. Overall, the report was generally positive with solid improvement in new orders, employment and production. Here’s what ISM had to say about this month’s report:
“Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 33rd consecutive month, and the overall economygrew for the 35th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.
The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. “The PMI registered 54.8 percent, an increase of 1.4 percentage points from March’s reading of 53.4 percent, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector for the 33rd consecutive month. Sixteen of the 18 industries reflected overall growth in April, and the New Orders, Production and Employment Indexes all increased, indicating growth at faster rates than in March. The Prices Index for raw materials remained at 61 percent in April, the same rate as reported in March. Comments from the panel generally indicate stable to strong demand, with some concerns cited over increasing oil prices and European stability.”
You can read the full report here.