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Factory Orders  
Released On 9/5/2017 10:00:00 AM For Jul, 2017
PriorPrior RevisedConsensusConsensus RangeActual
Factory Orders - M/M change3.0 %3.2 %-3.2 %-3.8 % to -0.2 %-3.3 %

There's really only good news in the July factory orders report where the headline, at minus 3.3 percent, reflects a slowing in what were strong prior gains for aircraft orders. The best news is a 6 tenths upward revision to core capital goods orders (nondefense ex-air) to a 1.0 percent gain and a 2 tenths upward revision to core shipments, now at 1.2 percent. These numbers point to accelerating strength for third-quarter business investment.

Total shipments rose a moderate 0.3 percent in the month with inventories up only 0.2 percent. This takes the inventory-to-shipments ratio to a more lean and positive 1.37 from 1.38. Unfilled orders are not a positive, falling 0.3 percent after however a giant 1.3 percent build in June.

The split between the report's two main components shows a 0.4 percent gain for nondurable goods -- the new data in today's report where strength is tied to petroleum and coal -- and a 6.8 percent dip for durable orders which is unchanged from last week's advance report for this component. The total ex-transportation gain is a strong 0.5 percent vs June's 0.1 percent increase.

The core strength was posted despite weakness at the heart of capital goods and that's machinery where orders fell 0.9 percent though shipments of machinery did rise 0.2 percent. Today's factory orders report closes the book, one that includes a 0.1 percent decline in the manufacturing component of the industrial production report, on what was a mixed month for the factory sector.

Consensus Outlook
Factory orders are expected to fall 3.2 percent in July though most underlying data are likely to show strength based on the advance release of the durables side of the report. There was one mystery, however, on the durables side and that was strength in capital goods orders even though the machinery component, which is at the heart of capital goods, fell sharply.

Factory orders represent the dollar level of new orders for both durable and nondurable goods. This report gives more complete information than the advance durable goods report which is released one or two weeks earlier in the month.  Why Investors Care
Even though monthly shipment data fluctuate less than new orders, both series show underlying trends more clearly by looking at year-over-year changes. In 2005 for example,new orders rose more rapidly than shipments due to large gains in aircraft orders. Aircraft orders have a long lead to shipment.
Data Source: Haver Analytics

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