- by New Deal democrat
As usual, the new month’s first data is for manufacturing and construction. Here’s a look at each.
The ISM manufacturing index, and especially its new orders subindex, is an important short leading indicator for the production sector. In July, for the second month in a row, the leading new orders index showed slight contraction, declining -1.2 from 49.2 to 48.0. The overall index - and all the other components, such as supplier deliveries, continued to show expansion, but also declined from 53.0 to 52.8:
This index has a very long and reliable history. Going back almost 75 years, the new orders index has always fallen below 50 within 6 months before a recession, and in three cases did not actually cross the line until the first month of the recession itself - although the recession did not begin until after the total index fell below 50, and in fact usually below 48.