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Thursday, March 3, 2016

January 2016 Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and New & Unfilled Orders

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the value of manufactured-goods shipments increased $1.4 billion or 0.3% to $468.4 billion in January. Shipments of durable goods increased $4.7 billion or 2.0% to $241.6 billion, led by transportation equipment. Meanwhile, nondurable goods shipments decreased $3.3 billion or 1.4% to $226.8 billion, led by petroleum and coal products. Shipments of Wood fell by 1.9% while Paper edged up by 0.2%. 
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Inventories decreased $2.7 billion or 0.4% to $637.5 billion. The inventories-to-shipments ratio was 1.36, down from 1.37 in December. Inventories of durable goods decreased $0.6 billion or 0.1% to $395.7 billion, led by primary metals. Nondurable goods inventories decreased $2.1 billion or 0.9% to $241.7 billion, led by petroleum and coal products. Inventories of both Wood (-0.1%) and Paper (-0.6%) declined. 
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New orders increased $7.5 billion or 1.6% to $463.9 billion. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.2% (and -5.1% YoY -- the 15th consecutive month of year-over-year contractions). Durable goods orders increased $10.7 billion or 4.7% to $237.1 billion, led by transportation equipment. New orders for nondurable goods decreased $3.3 billion or 1.4% to $226.8 billion. New orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft -- a proxy for business investment spending -- rose by 3.4% in January (-4.9% YoY). Business investment spending contracted on a YoY basis during every month of 2015, but is starting 2016 on a more positive note.
Prior to July 2014, as can be seen in the graph above, real (inflation-adjusted) new orders had been essentially flat since early 2012, recouping on average 70% of the losses incurred since the beginning of the Great Recession. With July 2014’s transportation-led spike gradually receding in the rearview mirror, the recovery in new orders is back to just 54% of the ground given up in the Great Recession. 
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Unfilled durable-goods orders increased $0.6 billion or 0.1% to $1,188.1 billion, led by computers and electronic products. The unfilled orders-to-shipments ratio was 6.93, down from 7.08 in December. Real unfilled orders, which had been a good litmus test for sector growth, show a much different picture; in real terms, unfilled orders in June 2014 were back to 97% of their December 2008 peak. Real unfilled orders jumped to 122% of the prior peak in July 2014, thanks to the largest-ever batch of aircraft orders. Since then, however, real unfilled orders have moved mostly sideways and are now below the January 2010-to-June 2014 trend line.
The foregoing comments represent the general economic views and analysis of Delphi Advisors, and are provided solely for the purpose of information, instruction and discourse. They do not constitute a solicitation or recommendation regarding any investment.

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