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Durable Goods Orders  
Released On 2/27/2018 8:30:00 AM For Jan, 2018
PriorPrior RevisedConsensusConsensus RangeActual
New Orders - M/M change2.9 %2.6 %-2.0 %-4.5 % to -0.3 %-3.7 %
New Orders - Yr/Yr Change11.5 %11.3 %6.8 %
Ex-transportation - M/M0.6 %0.7 %0.3 %0.0 % to 0.8 %-0.3 %
Ex-transportation - Yr/Yr8.2 %8.4 %6.9 %
Core capital goods - M/M change-0.3 %-0.6 %0.5 %0.1 % to 1.0 %-0.2 %
Core capital goods - Yr/Yr8.4 %8.0 %6.3 %

The major indications on the factory sector are mixed for January with more signs of moderation than acceleration in today's durable goods report. Total orders sank a sharp 3.7 percent reflecting more than a give back for aircraft orders as the ex-transportation reading dipped an unexpected 0.3 percent. Unfortunately capital goods are part of the weakness, with core orders (nondefense ex-aircraft) down 0.2 percent in January following December's 0.6 percent decline.

Total shipments are another point of softness, up only 0.2 percent to begin the first quarter off slowly. And shipments of core capital goods, which are inputs into GDP business investment, begin the quarter with only a 0.1 percent gain. Total unfilled orders are another negative, down 0.3 percent and aside from a 0.6 percent gain in December are extending a surprisingly flat trend. One positive is inventory growth, up 0.3 percent and together with gains for this morning's wholesale and retail inventories (released separately) are pointing to a quick start for first-quarter inventories.

But like the previously released industrial production report, a quick start isn't what the factory sector is showing and this despite all the enormous strength underway in private and regional surveys like yesterday's Dallas Fed data or last month's ISM report. Year-on-year growth rates in today's report underscore the slowing, moving down from the low double digits/high single digits to the 6 percent range. Like housing, the factory sector appears to be slowing following last year's rush at year end.

Consensus Outlook
Orders for aircraft and vehicles have been solid and have helped offset recent weakness in orders for core capital goods (nondefense ex-aircraft). Econoday's consensus for durable goods orders in January is a -2.0 percent decline with ex-transportation seen up 0.3 percent and core capital goods orders seen rising 0.5 percent.

Durable goods orders reflect the new orders placed with domestic manufacturers for immediate and future delivery of factory hard goods. The first release, the advance, provides an early estimate of durable goods orders. About two weeks later, more complete and revised data are available in the factory orders report. The data for the previous month are usually revised a second time upon the release of the new month's data.

Durable goods orders are available nationally by both industry and market categories. A new order is accompanied by a legally binding agreement to purchase for immediate or future delivery. Advance durable goods orders no longer include data on semiconductors since semiconductor manufacturers stopped releasing this information to the Census Bureau.

The advance durable goods report also contains information on shipments, unfilled orders and inventories. Shipments represent deliveries made, valued at net selling price after discounts and allowances, excluding freight charges and excise taxes. Unfilled orders are those received but not yet delivered.

In 2001, the Census Bureau shifted from the standard industrial classification (SIC) system to the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). This caused some realignment of major industry classifications. Given the significant revisions incurred, the historical data now begin in 1992.
 Why Investors Care
Monthly fluctuations in durable goods orders are frequent and large and skew the underlying trend in the data. In fact, even the yearly change must be viewed carefully because of the volatility in this series.
Data Source: Haver Analytics

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