COVID-19 Hits US Manufacturing Sector
With the US economy having entered recession, investors were braced for weak manufacturing data today. The report released this morning at 10am ET clearly showed the pandemic has negatively impacted the sector, but the headline number was actually quite a bit better than economists had forecast.
The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing dipped to 49.1 in March, down from 50.1 in February, as shown in the chart below. The reading is consistent with only modestly slower manufacturing activity, and is well above the low 40s levels historically consistent with recession-type le... Read more