ISM® Manufacturing index Unchanged at 46.7% in November

(Posted with permission). The ISM manufacturing index indicated contraction. The PMI® was at 46.7% in November, unchanged from 46.7% in October. The employment index was at 45.8%, down from 46.8% the previous month, and the new orders index was at 48.3%, up from 45.5%.

From ISM: Manufacturing PMI® at 46.7% November 2023 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in November for the 13th consecutive month following a 28-month period of growth, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., Chair of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee:

The Manufacturing PMI® registered 46.7 percent in November, unchanged from the 46.7 percent recorded in October. The overall economy continued in contraction for a second month after one month of weak expansion preceded by nine months of contraction and a 30-month period of expansion before that. (A Manufacturing PMI® above 48.7 percent, over a period of time, generally indicates an expansion of the overall economy.) The New Orders Index remained in contraction territory at 48.3 percent, 2.8 percentage points higher than the figure of 45.5 percent recorded in October. The Production Index reading of 48.5 percent is a 1.9-percentage point decrease compared to October’s figure of 50.4 percent. The Prices Index registered 49.9 percent, up 4.8 percentage points compared to the reading of 45.1 percent in October. The Backlog of Orders Index registered 39.3 percent, 2.9 percentage points lower than the October reading of 42.2 percent. The Employment Index registered 45.8 percent, down 1 percentage point from the 46.8 percent reported in October.
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This suggests manufacturing contracted in November.  This was below the consensus forecast.