Industrial production

Eight Contrarian Signs About That 2011 Stock Rally

A continued rally in U.S. stocks next year is becoming an article of faith. But beneath the bullish sheen of several positive reports, many other key statistics and indicators are bearish or neutral. Investors might want to balance the widespread confidence by looking at these eight.

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. Industrial Production Slipped 0.2% in September

It's the first decline since June 2009. Still, despite the dip, the nation's industrial sector remains in an uptrend, and a weaker dollar may further boost international sales of key U.S. companies in the months ahead.

German Exports Declined in July

German exports fell in July, suggesting that Europe%u2019s largest economy may be slowing after record growth in the second quarter. Exports, adjusted for working days and seasonal changes, fell 1.5% from June, Bloomberg News reported. A survey of economists by Bloomberg News had forecast unchanged exports.

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. Industrial Production Surged in July

The 1% increase eases worries that activity in the sector that's so far led the U.S. economic recovery is cooling. The July increase was led by strong performances in the manufacturing and mining segments, while utilities cooled off.

Beige Book Report: Economy Has Slowed Down

The latest Beige Book report from the U.S. Federal Reserve confirms what other recent economic reports have suggested: The U.S. economic recovery slowed somewhat in the second quarter, with some regions reporting stalled conditions.

Industrial Surveys Show Economic Recovery Slowing

One nation industrial and two regional surveys released this week provided further evidence that the U.S. economic recovery weakened somewhat in the second quarter, as manufacturing growth slowed.

May Industrial Production Makes Strong Gains

The nation%u2019s industrial sector remains definitively in recovery mode, with production rising 1.2% in May -- its 10th increase in the last 11 months. Among the highlights of the across-the-board monthly gains: Vehicle manufacturing rose 10% and utilities output jumped 4.8.

U.S. Industrial Production Rises 0.8% in April

Output at the nation%u2019s factories, mines, and utilities rose for the fifth time in six months in April and is up 5.2% in the past year. But even so, the nation%u2019s factory sector is still operating well below its capacity.

Industrial Production Is Strong in March

The nation's industrial sector continued to hum along in March, with industrial production rising 0.1% -- a statistic weighed-down by a seasonal decline in utilities output, which plunged 6.4%. Excluding utilities and mining, factory output jumped 0.9% in March.

Five Potential Potholes on Road to Recovery

News that business inventories and industrial production are rising suggests the U.S. economic recovery is on track. But unlike previous recessions, there are five potential "potholes" in the road ahead. Declining employment and increasing commercial real estate foreclosures are two possible biggies.

A Big Increase in Industrial Output

Production at U.S. factories, mines and utilities rose 0.8 percent in November -- the biggest gain in three months. Further, it was broad-based, with all groups and sectors, except for utilities, registering increases.