November Flash PMI Hits Five-Month High

Markit is out with its November Flash PMI reading, which came in at 52.4, up from 51.0 in October. Bloomberg had a consensus expectation of 51.0, and the range of estimates was 50.5 to 51.6. Markit said that manufacturing growth strengthened to five-month high in November. Here is a breakdown of the numbers with commentary from Markit:

  • Output rose to 52.9 from 51.4… Expansion, faster rate
  • New Orders rose to 52.8 from 51.1… Expansion, faster rate
  • New Export Orders was higher at 49.9 versus 47.2… Contraction, slower rate
  • Employment was higher at 52.6 versus 51.8… Expansion, faster rate
  • Backlogs of Work was higher at 49.8 versus 49.3… Contraction, slower rate
  • Output Prices was higher at 52.6 versus 51.6… Rise, faster rate
  • Input Prices was higher at 63.6 versus 57.1… Rise, faster rate
  • Stocks of Purchases was higher at 47.5 versus 46.4… Contraction, slower rate
  • Stocks of Finished Goods 47.7 was lower than 48.7… Contraction, faster rate
  • Quantity of Purchases was flat at 51.5 versus 51.5… Expansion, rate unchanged
  • Suppliers' Delivery Times sank to 46.2 from 47.8… Lengthening, faster rate

PMI index readings above 50.0 signal an increase or improvement on the prior month, while readings below 50.0 indicate a decrease.

Markit said about this month's report:

Manufacturers reported a further rise in output during November, with a number of companies attributing this to larger volumes of new work. Moreover, production increased at the strongest rate since June, having quickened from the near-stagnation recorded two months previously.

This is not generally a market moving number unless it is grossly different from economist expectations.

JON C. OGG


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