ISM Manufacturing Index

Today's Chaos, Tomorrow's Investing Opportunity

If you look past the calamitous Mideast mess, there's plenty of cause for optimism at home. And investors with a longer-term view of the markets should consider the ongoing uncertainty caused by events in the Middle East as a potential entry point for buying stocks.

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.

U.S. Factories
Kept Humming
in August

Retail and housing are lingering concerns, but the nation's factory sector isn't ready to concede economic defeat yet. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index unexpectedly rose 1.8 points in August to 56.3.

U.S. Manufacturing: Still Expanding but at a Slower Pace

Optimists will note that the sector kept growing in June -- its 11th straight month of growth. The pessimists will argue that the ISM index's plunge to 56.2 from 59.7 in May represents another sign of a slowing economic recovery.

The U.S. Manufacturing Rebound Gains Strength

The nation's manufacturing sector continued to expand in April. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index rose to 60.4, and the closely-watched new orders component -- an indicator of future demand -- also rose.