Factory Orders

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.

Wall Street Watch Thursday: Hewlett-Packard Drops the Box

No one was expecting good news out of Hewlett-Packard's analyst day on Wednesday, but few imagined the leading PC maker would dramatically slash its near-term guidance. CEO Meg Whitman stunned investors, forecasting profitability to drop in the fiscal year that begins next month.

Survey: US Manufacturing Shrinks for Third Month

U.S. factory activity shrank for the third straight month in August as new orders, production and employment all fell. The report adds to other signs that manufacturing is struggling around the globe.

Survey: US Manufacturing Shrinks for Third Month

U.S. factory activity shrank for the third straight month in August as new orders, production and employment all fell. The report adds to other signs that manufacturing is struggling around the globe.

Durable Goods Orders Plummet in March; Aircraft Sales to Blame

Orders for long-lasting factory goods fell by the largest amount in three years last month, mostly because demand for commercial aircraft plunged. But companies also ordered less machinery and other equipment, a sign manufacturing output may slow.

Factory Orders Rise, but Business Investment Slips

Orders for factory-made goods that signal business investment plans fell for a second straight month, part of a mixed report on manufacturing in November. The drop in demand for so-called core capital goods was offset by a sharp rise in volatile airplane orders. That lifted overall factory orders 1.8 percent, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

Week in Preview: Employment, Bernanke & More Retail Earnings

This week we turn the calendar page, and that change brings with it a raft of economic data. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will deliver his semiannual monetary policy testimony before Congress, while Wall Street waits on more earnings reports.

'This Recovery Is Really
Taking Hold'

A report from the Philadelphia Fed showed America's manufacturing sector is strongly bouncing back. Not only are firms reporting booming activity, strong shipments of goods and more unfilled orders, but jobs are being created at the highest rate in 38 years.

Where the Signs Point to a Strengthening U.S. Economy

If you glanced at just one or two headlines from last week's reports on the U.S. economy, you might have concluded that things haven't changed that much. In fact, digging deeper reveals that business conditions are improving. Even the puzzling payroll report has hopeful indicators.

October Factory Orders Dip Offset by September Revision

Factory orders fell 0.9% in October -- a total that was offset by a substantial, upward revision in September%u2019s orders tally, to a 3.0% gain, from the initially-estimated 1.8% increase. Further, excluding the transportation sector, factory orders are still rising, and the picture is one of a manufacturing sector that will continue to add to U.S. GDP growth well in to 2011.

U.S. Manufacturing Output Rises 0.5%, the Most Since July

The nation%u2019s manufacturing recovery accelerated in October as factory output jumped 0.5%, the Federal Reserve said. Overall industrial output was flat in the month, but the typical autumn plunge in utilities output skewed the top-line stat lower.

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.

Durable Goods Orders See Weak Gain in July

The less-than-expected durable good orders gain in July is more evidence that economic growth slowed in summer. This will likely increase pressure on the Fed for action to jump-start a U.S. economy that's operating well below potential.

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.

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.