Baffle With BS: After Chicago PMI And Durable Goods Tumble, Manufacturing ISM Soars

Tyler Durden's picture

When in doubt, baffle with bullshit. Just a day after the Chicago PMI posted its biggest collapse in years (not to mention the absolutely horrendous Durable Goods number), leading everyone to believe that the ISM, and Q3 GDP will be absolutely abysmal, here comes the Manufacturing ISM number, printing far above expectations of 49.7, and well above the last print of 49.6, and in fact posting its first increase since May of 2012. This means that the ISM to Chicago PMI gap is now the widest since September 2009. Perhaps the White House's Alan Krueger had run out of explanations for why the economy is collapsing into Q4, and finally made sure going forward all economic data will be better than expected. At least until the election of course. The biggest movers in the September ISM print: New Orders, Prices, and Employment, all of which posted numbers solidly in the 50+ range. Now we look forward to either an epic beat in the Services ISM next, or a complete collapse to continue treating everyone like mushrooms. In other news, construction spending plunged to -0.6% from -0.4%, on expectations of a +0.5% increase. But who cares: today housing is irrelevant as somehow the US manufacturing industry is improving, all other signs to the contrary be damned.

The ISM table:

From the report:

The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "The PMI™ registered 51.5 percent, an increase of 1.9 percentage points from August's reading of 49.6 percent, indicating a return to expansion after contracting for three consecutive months. The New Orders Index registered 52.3 percent, an increase of 5.2 percentage points from August, indicating growth in new orders after three consecutive months of contraction. The Production Index registered 49.5 percent, an increase of 2.3 percentage points and indicating contraction in production for the second time since May 2009. The Employment Index increased by 3.1 percentage points, registering 54.7 percent. The Prices Index increased 4 percentage points from its August reading to 58 percent. Comments from the panel reflect a mix of optimism over new orders beginning to pick up, and continued concern over soft global business conditions and an unsettled political environment."




Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 11 are reporting growth in September in the following order: Textile Mills; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Wood Products; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Paper Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; Furniture & Related Products; and Miscellaneous Manufacturing. The six industries reporting contraction in September — listed in order — are: Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Transportation Equipment; Machinery; Chemical Products; and Computer & Electronic Products.

The respondents show some bullishness. Well, 3 of 9 do... Still 33% is better than nothing when you have a reelection campaign on.

  • "Appears that our so-called 'slowdown' was a summer thing. September brings with it increasing requirements and business." (Paper Products)
  • "Business improved through Q3, but is beginning to show signs of slowing down in Q4; this has been a typical trend over the last few years." (Wood Products)
  • "Business has picked up going into the last quarter." (Plastics & Rubber Products)
  • "We are sticking to our manufacturing plan, but have slowed production down considerably. Haven't added any new units to the 2012 plan, and still have no forecast for 2013 released." (Computer & Electronic Products)
  • "Sales have tanked over the last two months, bringing a very concerned and stressed management team. Not very optimistic for the near-term future." (Apparel, Leather & Allied Products)
  • "Uncertainty in the healthcare legislation (reform) continues to be the underlying force keeping our sales revenue below its full potential." (Miscellaneous Manufacturing)
  • "Steel and aluminum prices still dropping, and auto production orders are up." (Transportation Equipment)
  • "Domestic business is up; international is down." (Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components)
  • "Demand seems to have stabilized from August. New orders are appearing this month without advanced notice from our customers." (Chemical Products)

And so on. Futures, naturally, explode as a wave of short covering washes out all the brand new weak hands.

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aint no fortunate son's picture

so..... NOW we know the REAL reason why the Dow was up 80 pre-market... why its almost like somebody knew in advance what these goal seeked numbers would be

LawsofPhysics's picture

The captial and price controls have only just begun.  Bloody sheep.

JPM Hater001's picture

Yes, that pesky part about Prices jumping 4.  Oh and its increasing faster.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Yes, available energy is what it is.  Mankind trying to "beat" nature and the laws of physics - FAIL.

What is the energy input compared with the energy gained (through profit by sale or direct use of excess)?  The difference is being made up with printed fiat, no suprise all commodites will go much higher, well so long the as the government and central banks keep trying to "fix" things.

Man no smarter than yeast when trying to comprehend exponential equations.

Hedge accordingly.

LetThemEatRand's picture

And for those who are still stuck in the red team/blue team debate and who either love or despise Reagan because he was supposedly a small government free market conservative, think about who signed that particular executive order which is just about as anti-free market and pure pro-oligarch as one can imagine.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

I agree with your first statement Rand but to be fair the guy that signed that order mumbled his speaches and drooled during his dinners and had his handlers like Don Regan tell him what to do.

"Speed it up." - Don Regan, into the mic, while POTUS Reagan was speaking

^^ Youtube that if you have never seen it.

aint no fortunate son's picture

when Regan came to D.C. Wall Street came to D.C., deficit spending exploded and securitization was born

disabledvet's picture

The irony of course is that Wall Street was destroyed by securitization. Amazingly this country was running budget surpluses at the time! Now there are only deficits, only war...and "you gotta pay for that Wall Street."

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Yes, because WS didn't have Woodrow Wilson's ear.


adr's picture

Amazing what happens after you get shot by a NWO operative in order to put your puppetmaster in charge.

Reagan was allowed to do a lot of good things, as long as he played ball and passed what they needed passed.

After Reagan the NWO made sure Americans would never have a free thinking presidential candidate in the running again.

DeadFred's picture

There does seem to be a distinct difference in words and especially actions pre vs post Hinckley. I still wonder why they let their Kenyan guy bad mouth them as much as he does, absolutely no actions but the words are disrespectful. That's why I'm betting that their Mormon guy gets his chance now despite all current indications that O gets a second term. Think of it from basic human motivations, if you have all the material wealth you could possibly use what are you after? Power and respect. Romney can't win with the S&P at healthy levels. We have two, maybe three weeks max to see if my theory is bogus or not.

economics9698's picture

Reagan was very close to Obama with his economic policies.  His record in California was remarkably similar to his presidency, taxes, regulation, speak bull shit, taxes, regulations. 

People forget this was the asshole that had a chance to reform social security and instead passes a tax hike on the middle class and poor while cutting the top rate from 70% to 28%.


ekm's picture


I had never read that before. Thx a lot.

It's so blunt.

Meesohaawnee's picture

and then they wonder why nobody wants any part of this joke. us equity markets are the biggest disaster known on earth. the fact they dont hide the fraud is even more appauling.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

As long as Evans kills your dollar everything will be fiine....

Lohn Jocke's picture

Bad news is good news because it increases the chances for QE.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Locke, welcome to the 21st century!  Where easy monetary policy is never ending and the currencie flows like shit from a dove!

Quinvarius's picture

QE is decided based on banking solvency and government spending needs.  If it was based on the economy, they would have stimulated the economy and not government spending or banking balance sheets.

EscapeKey's picture

It's governmental policy to pick winners and losers.

Those pesky free markets can't do it as efficiently, as a cash-starved political party can.

LongSoupLine's picture

Just another day of Bernanke sticking his fat wrench up the anus of the middle class.

May the entire Fed and board get run over by a bus covered in Citi and BoA adds....fuckers!

Lost Wages's picture

Consider me baffled... continually.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The issue we all struggle with is that we are continuously trying to apply logic and critical thinking where it does not apply. We were conditioned for decades to believe that things worked a certain way. In reality they never did.......but the illusion that they in fact did was much much stronger.

Learning new information is not very difficult. It is removing the old competing indoctrination and bias that is so painful. 


disabledvet's picture

If she's got big tits and a tight ass I'm going for it. That's not revolutionary thinking! It's not a problem of propaganda...but of the WRONG propaganda. The idea that the human race EVER works in an economical fashion is ridiculous.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Correct.  The idea the eCONomics is grounded in reality is beyond stupid.

Spastica Rex's picture

"Economics" are a secular stand-in for religion.

edit: one of my favorite books ever

CPL's picture

Saul is incredibly detailed in his reference material and his reasoning is awesome.  Probably one of the most under-rated authors/philiosphers on the planet.

Winston Churchill's picture

In that case,the plan is working.

I know all these figures are absolute trash.

I have eyes,clients all over the US in diverse businesses.Its crappy everywhere.

Some really strong horseshit we are being fed.

War is now the only option lft for TPTB , after the election gives them some legitamcy.

slaughterer's picture

Bernanke speech at 12:30.  Get your gold orders in quick before it blasts through $1800.  

EscapeKey's picture

No doubt he'll re-iterate the Fed's strong, Dollar policy.

CPL's picture

More than likely the same speech we've all heard for four years.  

Bias ratios and VMA are very strange in the x3 etf's right now.  It's all very calm which is nearly impossible for an x3 to do.

fonzannoon's picture

One of my buddies like to trade stocks. I asked him a few years ago why he has never bought gold. He said "why do I need to, gold and stocks both go up. I will just buy stocks. I don't care if the stocks invest in human shit". Granted gold has creamed stocks the last ten years. But the last few years they have been going up in lock step. So people like my friend just buy stocks. Until they really disconnect no one will wake up.

lunaticfringe's picture

That philosophy will only work until people realize paper is paper, but gold is wealth. When that disconnect occurs, gold wll go supernova as people sell that paper shit to get something of real value.

EscapeKey's picture

"Shroedinger's free markets".

JPM Hater001's picture

<---The economy in the box is alive

<---The economy in the box is a zombie

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Now there're just making shit up.


<When did they ever not make shit up?>

fonzannoon's picture

shorts will be slaughtered until there are none left. How many times can people fall for this shit?

otto skorzeny's picture

every 5 year old knows that what goes up NEVER comes down.

Dr. Engali's picture

What's a short? Is that like a mythological creature that dwells in caves?

fonzannoon's picture

the deflationists (if there are any left) must constantly salivate at being able to short from these levels. Only to take a bat to the head. I can't see anyone really putting serious money to work here.

Cursive's picture


I don't consider myself an inflationist or a deflationist, but it seems apparent that when this most recent Fed-induced asset bubble pops, we're going to see a lot more deflation.  I know, I know, you can make a great case for bi-flation and I do think food will hold more relative value than homes, cars and fuel.  We have no money velocity and the Fed cannot do anything about that.  Not even NIRP.

fonzannoon's picture

i tend to agree but when those bubbles pop i don't know if tne dollar gets the benefit of the doubt 

Kaiser Sousa's picture

"the recession ended in 2009...."

green shoots for all....... 

adr's picture

The channel stuffing continues. We are going to see dealers giving away cars at the end of the model year.

Reality will be covered by the pile of bullshit until Obama is re-elected. Then it will no longer matter and the market will be free to fly to 30k. Of course we will have entered the hyperinflationary stage, but chairman Obama will be there to take over.