Durable goods

Orders Placed to Factories Surge in June

ew orders for U.S. factory goods rose for the third straight month in June, the latest indication that a recent slowdown in manufacturing activity had probably run its course.

US Durable Goods Orders Up 0.7 Percent

U.S. companies increased their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in November, with a second consecutive monthly gain in a key category that reflects businesses' investment plans.

Stocks Dip After Disappointing Manufacturing Data

The Commerce Department says orders for long-lasting factory goods, such as computers and industrial machinery, fell in July. That excluded gains from the transportation category, which is volatile and rose largely because of orders at Boeing.

Durable Goods Orders Tumble Amid Caution

The nation%u2019s industrial expansion took a step back in October, as durable goods orders unexpectedly plunged 3.3%, and the more-telling ex-transportation component also sank 2.7%.

Wholesale Inventories Climb Twice as Much as Expected

U.S. wholesale inventories rose 1.5% in September, and when combined with a more-optimistic outlook by U.S. CEOs, the data suggest suppliers and businesses expect slightly better holiday sales this year than in 2009.

U.S. Factories Keep Humming: Orders Rose 2.1% in September

Investors got more evidence today that the manufacturing sector expansion continued into late summer/early fall. The key ex-transportation component also came in higher, at 0.4%. And the ex-defense number rose 1.9%. A solid month overall.

Silver Lining in Weak Factory Orders Report

While overall factory orders fell 0.5% in August, if we factor out the volatile transportation component, orders actually rose 0.9% in August -- a statistic that confirms that the expansion in the nation%u2019s manufacturing sector continued this summer, but at a slower pace.

A Strong Surprise for August Durable Goods Orders

August's 1.3% drop in durable goods orders looks bad. But the real story is that the more-telling component that excludes volatile transportation orders rose 2%, doubling a Bloomberg survey's consensus estimate. So far, Wall Street is reacting ecstatically.

Factory Orders Rise, but Not as Much as Expected

Factory orders rose just 0.1% in July, the U.S. Commerce Department announced Thursday in a report that further clarified that the manufacturing sector's expansion slowed down this summer. While the statistic did indicate tepid growth, it was less than the 0.3% gain economists had predicted.

U.S. Factory Orders Dropped Again in June

Factory orders fell 1.2% in June, well below a survey estimate of a 0.5% drop, marking two down months in a row. Even excluding the often-volatile transportation component (including airplanes and cars), orders fell 1.1% in June.

Durable Goods Orders Fell 1% in June

Durable goods orders fell 1% in June, the second straight monthly decline. New orders in June fell $2 billion to $190.5 billion, the Commerce Department said in a statement. Excluding transportation, new orders fell 0.6%. Excluding defense, new orders fell 0.7%.

Factory Orders Fall as Slowdown Scenario Rises

An unexpectedly high 1.4% decline in May factory orders capped a difficult week for the U.S. economy. Recent data for job creation, jobless claims, and home sales all suggest that domestic growth is slowing.

The Positive News in May's Durable Goods Report

Although durable goods order fell 1.1% in May -- its first decline in six months -- the key ex-transportation component rose 0.9%, confirming an ongoing expansion in the nation's manufacturing sector.

Durable Goods Weaker but Profits Still Strong

New orders for manufactured durable goods fell $2.2 billion, or 1.1%, to $192 billion in May, the first decline in six months. That's mostly due to a 29.6% drop off in civilian aircraft orders, which had soared 215% in April. New orders excluding transportation increased 0.9%.

A Rising Note for Consumer Confidence

The nation's recovery may appear slow in coming, but consumers are more upbeat heading into 2010. The Conference Board's consumer confidence rose to 52.9 in December, up from a revised 50.6 last month. That's the second monthly rise in a row.