Manufacturers See Better Times Ahead

How is manufacturing doing? Today we received two separate reports: industrial production from the Federal Reserve and the Empire State Manufacturing Survey from the New York Fed. What we see is that recent production points to tepid growth, but what is coming down the pike might be more positive.

In January, manufacturing output decreased 0.4%, after upwardly revised gains of 1.1% in December and 1.7% in November. For the fourth quarter as a whole, manufacturing production is now estimated to have advanced 1.9% at an annual rate; previously, the increase was reported to have been 0.2%. Production is 1.7% above year-ago levels....558 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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