ISM 60.8 On Expectations Of 58.0, Priced Paid Smash To Two Year High Of 81.5, Respondents Lament Weak Dollar

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The January ISM Manufacturing M/M 60.8 vs. Exp. 58.0 compared to the previous print of 58.5. Yet the key metric that everyone is focusing on is the surging Price Paid number, which hit a 2 year high 81.5 (73.5 expectations): the highest since July 31, 2008! The corporate margin collapse is about to cripple Q1 numbers, and at this point it is only a matter of time before even sell-side analysts are forced to aggressively lower their S&P EPS estimates.

Other metrics:

  • New Orders: 67.8 vs. Prev. 60.9
  • Employment: 61.7 vs. Prev. 57.5

And despite the strong number, the responses in the ISM were decidedly gloomy, with a lament on the dollar.

  • "Continued weakness in the dollar is having a negative effect on
    the components we purchase overseas and increasing our material costs."
    (Transportation Equipment)
  • "Lead times are increasing significantly, and commodity pricing is starting to increase." (Chemical Products)
  • "January/February sales will be decent, and we see a strong March.
    We're cautiously optimistic but reluctant to hire." (Fabricated Metal
    Products)
  • "Business is still slow with no pick-up in sight." (Furniture & Related Products)
  • "We continue to see unexpected strength in many non-U.S. markets." (Fabricated Metal Products)

And here is a chart of the Prices Paid vs 10 years. One upon a time these correlation.

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