US ISM Manufacturing Talking Points:
- This morning brought the release of US ISM Manufacturing data, beating the expectation with a print at 50.9
- January ISM Manufacturing data follows a rough year of declines in the index
- The US Dollar is testing resistance after a late January bearish run
The Institute for Supply Management released their manufacturing sector report this morning for the month of January, beating the expectation of 48.5 with a print of 50.9.
This widely-watched indicator for us economic activity monitors changes in production levels from month to month. The index gives equal weight to new orders, production, employment, supplier deliveries, and inventories.
Since roughly the start of 2019, the ISM manufacturing index has fallen over 25.0%. While the index remained deep in expansion territory, or above 50.0, it crossed into contraction just before Q4 2019. Much of this movement can be explained by issues in trade policy and geopolitical issues, but further contraction may show signs of deeper problems.