Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey Surged In February 2018

Of the five regional Federal Reserve surveys released to date, all are in expansion.

Analyst Opinion of Richmond Manufacturing

The important Richmond Fed subcategories improved, The internals are better than last month,.Please note:

Starting with the February 2018 data release, we will be reporting additional variables. Historical data files have been changed accordingly.

Market expectations from Bloomberg / Econoday was 15 to 22 (consensus 15.5). The actual survey value was 28 [note that values above zero represent expansion].

Summary of all Federal Reserve Districts Manufacturing:

Richmond Fed (hyperlink to reports):

Kansas Fed (hyperlink to reports):

Dallas Fed (hyperlink to reports):

Philly Fed (hyperlink to reports):

New York Fed (hyperlink to reports):

Federal Reserve Industrial Production – Actual Data (hyperlink to report):

Holding this and other survey’s Econintersect follows accountable for their predictions, the following graph compares the hard data from Industrial Products manufacturing subindex (dark blue bar) and US Census manufacturing shipments (lighter blue bar) to the Richmond Fed survey (darkest bar).

In the above graphic, hard data is the long bars, and surveys are the short bars. The arrows on the left side are the key to growth or contraction.

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Author: Travis Esquivel

Travis Esquivel is an engineer, passionate soccer player and full-time dad. He enjoys writing about innovation and technology from time to time.

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