ISM Manufacturing Index

MarketWatch  Nov 2  Comment 
U.S. manufacturers grew in October at the slowest rate in more than two years, a survey of executives found. The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index fell slightly to 50.1% last month from 50.2%. That's the lowest level...
Wall Street Journal  Oct 1  Comment 
U.S. manufacturers expanded at the slowest pace in more than two years in September, according to a survey released Thursday by the Institute for Supply Management.  Oct 1  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - The dollar weakened against all of its major competitors Thursday, but has pared its losses in the afternoon and is now nearing unchanged levels. Economic data proved disappointing today, with a drop in the ISM manufacturing...
MarketWatch  Oct 1  Comment 
ISM manufacturing index falls in ​September
Wall Street Journal  Sep 1  Comment 
U.S. manufacturing activity expanded at its slowest pace in more than two years, a sign global turmoil and a strong dollar could be limiting factories.
MarketWatch  Aug 3  Comment 
U.S. manufacturers decelerated a bit in July after growing at fastest rate in five months in June, a survey of executives found. Market News and Reuters said the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index fell to 52.7% last month from...
Benzinga  Aug 3  Comment 
The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Index for July will be released at 10:00 a.m. EST. Expectations are for a reading of 53.7 with a consensus range from 53.0 to 54.5, according to Bloomberg News. This is just slightly better...


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The ISM manufacturing index (or PMI - Purchasing Manager's Index before September 2001) is an economic measure for the US business sector. This index is run by the Institute of Supply Management in Arizona, which releases a monthly report on the first working day of the month on the overall state of the business sector in the United States.

The report attempts to gauge how the manufacturing sector of the US economy is doing. For example, it will cover how Ford is doing. This is similar to how the ISM Services Index works. Specifically, it is based on five main indicators:

  1. Production levels
  2. New orders placed
  3. Inventory Levels
  4. Supplier deliveries
  5. Employment environment

The Institute of Supply Chain Management sends out surveys every month to these businesses to answer a few simple questions. The survey isn’t just sent out to anyone, but directed towards the people who have the power to buy stuff and hire people. If you aggregate enough of this information you should be able to get a pretty good gauge of the manufacturing sector’s health.

Generally, an ISM value of 50 is considered neutral, a value of over 50 points as an expansion of the manufacturing sector and a value of less than 50 points a decline in industrial production views. The index has an average lead before the actual industrial production three to six months.


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