factories

Manufacturing Rose 1.1% Last Month on Rebound from Sandy

U.S. factories rebounded in November from Superstorm Sandy, boosting production of cars, equipment and appliances. The Fed says factory output increased 1.1 percent from October, offsetting a 1 percent decline from the month before, which was blamed on the storm.

Manufacturing Is Building Hopes for the Economy

The U.S. manufacturing sector is a sight for sore eyes: After more than a year of expansion, it's still growing, as American factories continue to churn out the equipment, machines and products that emerging-market nations need to develop their infrastructures.

What If the Dow Tracked Only the 'Industrials'?

It's been a long time since the DJIA tracked just America's smokestack economy. But today's economic rebound is being led so far by traditional manufacturers. And if you plot those Dow components as a group, you'll see they're leading the larger pack by far.

U.S. Factory Activity Intensifies in December

The manufacturing sector expanded for the 17th straight month in December, with new orders rising faster than inventories. When combined with improvements in other sector components, the data suggest the factory sector will continue to support the U.S. economy expansion through at least the first quarter of 2011.

U.S. Manufacturing Grew a Bit Slower in November

A key U.S. manufacturing index unexpectedly dipped slightly in November, but it remained at a level that indicates that the industrial expansion continues. Led by export demand, the factory sector expanded for the 16th consecutive month.

Factory Index Dipped in September, but Still Indicates Expansion

Manufacturing activity slowed in September, but the sector continues to expand, the Institute for Supply Management said Friday. What%u2019s more key component data for new orders point to weaker industrial growth in the fourth quarter, the group added.

Dell to Spend More Than $100 Billion on China Operations

Dell to Spend More Than $100 Billion on China OperationsDell Inc. (DELL) will spend more than $100 billion over a 10-year period to expand operations and sales in China. The company will open a new operations center in Chengdu next year, boosting production, sales and support in southwest China, Bloomberg News reported. Dell will also add an office and as many as 500 workers to its existing facility in Xiamen.

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.

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.

The Expansion Gets Another Warning Sign

This measure is considered an early peek at more comprehensive reports coming later. And the August index is showing tell-tale signs that the U.S. factory sector wasn't immune to the country's slowing economic expansion.

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.

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 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.

New York Factory Index Inches Higher in June

Manufacturing activity in the New York region increased in June, the New York Fed said, but it was not a slam-dunk bullish report. New orders rose, but prices paid and manufacturers outlook regarding the future declined -- suggesting that manufacturers have taken a cautious stance toward the recovery.

May's Factory Index Hints at More Job Growth

The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index expanded for the 10th straight month in May. A key employment component also rose -- suggesting both more job gains in the sector and for the U.S. economy overall in May.

N.Y. Factory Report Shows Slower Growth in May

Manufacturing activity in the New York region unexpectedly slowed in May, the Fed said, but key index components such as orders, shipments, and employment, continue to confirm an ongoing economic expansion.

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.

Worst factory order decline since 1945

The nation's factories remain in a pronounced funk. Orders for durable goods declined 0.8 percent in March, with new orders falling in almost every...