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Industrial Production  
Released On 7/14/2017 9:15:00 AM For Jun, 2017
PriorPrior RevisedConsensusConsensus RangeActual
Production - M/M change0.0 %0.1 %0.3 %0.1 % to 0.5 %0.4 %
Manufacturing - M/M-0.4 %0.2 %-0.2 % to 0.4 %0.2 %
Capacity Utilization Rate - Level76.6 %76.4 %76.8 %76.6 % to 76.9 %76.6 %

Highlights
Mining is once again the highlight of an otherwise soft industrial production report. Gaining 1.6 percent for a third straight sharp increase, mining pulled industrial production up 0.4 percent in June as utilities posted no change and manufacturing managed an as-expected 0.2 percent gain.

Manufacturing makes up the vast bulk of the industrial sector and a breakdown does show strength with vehicles up 0.7 percent and selected hi-tech up 0.8 percent. But both consumer goods and business equipment came in flat with construction supplies down slightly.

The gain for manufacturing follows May's 0.4 percent decline with a 1.0 percent surge in April nearly offset by March's 0.8 percent plunge. The factory sector is moving forward, just not very fast. Today's report is the first definitive factory data for June; watch next week for the first tentative data on May with Empire State on Monday and Philly Fed on Thursday. Note that traditional non-NAICS numbers for industrial production may differ marginally from NAICS basis figures.

Recent History Of This Indicator
Forecasters are calling for a 0.3 percent gain in June industrial production in what would be a solid result and well up from May's no change reading. But the manufacturing component, which has been in sizable contraction in 2 of the last 3 reports, is expected to post a more limited gain, at a consensus 0.2 percent. Capacity utilization is expected to firm to 76.8 percent vs May's 76.6 percent.

Definition
The Federal Reserve's monthly index of industrial production and the related capacity indexes and capacity utilization rates cover manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities. The industrial sector, together with construction, accounts for the bulk of the variation in national output over the course of the business cycle. The production index measures real output and is expressed as a percentage of real output in a base year, currently 2012. The capacity index, which is an estimate of sustainable potential output, is also expressed as a percentage of actual output in 2012. The rate of capacity utilization equals the seasonally adjusted output index expressed as a percentage of the related capacity index.

The index of industrial production is available nationally by market and industry groupings. The major groupings are comprised of final products (such as consumer goods, business equipment and construction supplies), intermediate products and materials. The industry groupings are manufacturing (further subdivided into durable and nondurable goods), mining and utilities. The capacity utilization rate -- reflecting the resource utilization of the nation's output facilities -- is available for the same market and industry groupings.

Industrial production was also revised to NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) in the early 2000s. Unlike other economic series that lost much historical data prior to 1992, the Federal Reserve Board was able to reconstruct historical data that go back more than 30 years.  Why Investors Care
 
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The industrial sector accounts for less than 20 percent of GDP. Yet, it creates much of the cyclical variability in the economy.
Data Source: Haver Analytics
 
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The capacity utilization rate reflects the limits to operating the nation''''s factories, mines and utilities. In the past, supply bottlenecks created inflationary pressures as the utilization rate hit 84 to 85 percent.
Data Source: Haver Analytics
 
 

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