November data starts out strong with a very positive ISM manufacturing index
The first November data point, the ISM manufacturing index, was reported this morning, and while it declined from last month, it remained very strongly positive.
The overall index declined from 59.3 to 57.5, and the more forward-looking new orders index declined from 67.9 to 65.1:
Since any reading above 50, however, indicates expansion, these were positive readings. The overall index is at levels equivalent to where it was during the strongest parts of the last decade’s expansion, and this month, like 3 of the last 4 months, the new orders component is equal to its strongest levels of the past 16 years.
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