ISM Manufacturing Index  Apr 1  Comment 
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BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) - The U.S. ISM manufacturing index for March and construction spending for February were released at 10:00 am ET Tuesday. After these reports, the greenback showed mixed trading against other major currencies. While the dollar...  Apr 1  Comment 
Factories were busier in March, the ISM manufacturing index shows.
SeekingAlpha  Mar 31  Comment 
By James Picerno: The ISM Manufacturing Index is expected to remain unchanged at 53.2 in tomorrow's update for March vs. the previous month, based on The Capital Spectator's median econometric forecast. Meanwhile, this median projection is...  Mar 3  Comment 
Market wrap for March 3rd End of the Day: S&P 500 down 13.7 to 1,845.73; Dow Jones down 153.7 to 16,168.03; Nasdaq down 30.9 to 4,277.30 * The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey reported the February PMI...
MarketWatch  Mar 3  Comment 
U.S. manufacturers expanded in February at a somewhat faster pace, according to the closely followed ISM index. The Institute for Supply Management index rose to 53.2% from 51.3% in January. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected the...  Mar 3  Comment 
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FX Street  Mar 3  Comment 
Market movers today The main release today will be the US ISM manufacturing index for February,... For more information, read our latest forex news and reports.
SeekingAlpha  Feb 28  Comment 
By James Picerno: The ISM Manufacturing Index is headed for a marginal decline to 50.5 in Monday's February update (scheduled for release on March 3), based on our median econometric forecast. By comparison, the index was estimated at 51.3 in the...
SeekingAlpha  Feb 6  Comment 
ByJeroen Blokland: A couple of days ago I wrote about the possible impact of the sharp drop in the ISM index. While the unexpected large fall caught investors off guard, history points out that equities have performed better than average in the...


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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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