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Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Index
Released On 11/29/2012 11:00:00 AM For Nov, 2012
PriorConsensusConsensus RangeActual
Level-4 -1 -6  to 1 -6 

Highlights
Manufacturing activity in the Kansas City Fed District again slipped as the composite index declined to minus 6 in November from minus 4 in October. This marked the first time the composite index has been negative for two straight months since mid-2009. The consensus called for mild improvement in the manufacturing index in November to minus 1 from minus 4 the prior month.

Manufacturing slowed at durable goods-producing plants, while nondurable factories reported a slight uptick in activity, particularly for food and plastics products. Other month-over-month indexes were mixed in November. The production index was unchanged at minus 6, while the new orders and order backlog indexes declined for the third straight month to their lowest levels in three years. In contrast, the employment index increased from minus 6 to 0, and the shipments and new orders for exports indexes were less negative. The raw materials inventory index decreased further from 2 to minus 7, while the finished goods inventory index rose from 3 to 9.

Recent History Of This Indicator
The Kansas City Fed manufacturing index declined slightly in the Kansas City Fed District as the composite index declined to minus 4 in October from plus 2 in September. The production index eased further from minus 4 to minus 6, and the new orders and order backlog indexes also declined. The employment index moved into negative territory for the first time this year, while the shipments index inched higher but still remained negative.

Definition
The monthly Survey of Manufacturers provides information on current manufacturing activity in the Tenth District. The accumulated results also help trace longer term trends. The survey monitors manufacturing plants selected according to geographic distribution, industry mix, and size. Survey results reveal changes in several indicators of manufacturing activity, including production and shipments, and identify changes in prices of raw materials and finished products. Answers cover changes over the previous month, changes over the past twelve months, and expectations for activity six months into the future. The breakeven point for each index is zero with positive numbers indicating growth and negative numbers reflecting decline. (Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City)  Why Investors Care
 
 

2012 Release Schedule
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