Tumbling October Industrial Production And Capacity Utilization Blamed Solely On Hurricane Sandy

Tyler Durden's picture

Because not one Wall Street analyst could have possibly factored in the impact of Sandy into their expectations of the month's Industrial Production, which in October declined by -0.4% to 96.6 from 97.0 in the Fed's index, well below consensus expectations of a 0.2% rise, and down from last month's 0.4% increase, it is only logical to blame it all on Sandy. Sure enough, this is what the Fed just did: "Hurricane Sandy, which held down production in the Northeast region at the end of October, is estimated to have reduced the rate of change in total output by nearly 1 percentage point." So let's get this straight: Sandy - which hit on October 29, or with about 94% of the month of October done and impacted New York and New Jersey, not the entire US, is responsible for 250% of the entire October 0.4% drop?  Can we please get back to the "It's all Bush's fault" excuses already. At least those were idiotic and funny. Blaming everything on Sandy is just the former. And yes, capacity utilization for the entire USA which came at 77.8%, the lowest since November 2011, and well below expectations of 78.3%, was obviously crushed by a tropical storm that impacted New York and New Jersey for 3 days in the month. Brilliant.

Industrial Production:

Capacity Utilization:


and Manufacturing Industry Output equals the biggest drop since May 2009...

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Earl of Chiswick's picture
Brown U. President: Debt Not Inherently a Bad Thing

and if you have to ask why America is totally FCKED just watch this piece of work



GetZeeGold's picture



Debt rocks....as long as you're getting paid by those going into debt.

Thomas's picture

She is correct that student debt is OK if it is self-extinguishing, which it likely is for most Brown students. She is completely full of shit about the crisis being the need for more students needing to go to college. There are schools way below Brown in both skill and dedication of the students and quality of the education that make this statement completely nuts.

Offthebeach's picture

Here at Nunzio, Knuckles and Bernanke Student Debt Collection, we too feel debts are a good ting for employment and business and whatnot.
Very good

( Sotto voice ) " Hey, wanna do some coeds? I gots two upstairs, work'n it off and can they work it! I gots others, anything youse want. Ivy league, A&M, boys ..."

MoreNails's picture

Someone ought to offer all these economists a TV so that they are aware the next time a hurricane hits... and forecast / guesstimate accordingly.

Cursive's picture

We've always been at war with Oceania.


otto skorzeny's picture

why can't obummer make a "tax the wealthy speech" once a day for 30 days and shave about 4000 points off of the Dow?

KidHorn's picture

It's all those factories in Statin Island and Atlantic City.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

You are more right in this than ironic.  The NE has a crippling mafia problem in the ranks of its labor.  Call it a federally-backed economy-busting thug army.  The nation is conscripting mercenary units.

disabledvet's picture

For once in your life folks you will hear disabledvet say "believe the lie." the alternative to "it's not Sandy's fault" is really, really, really bad.

Dr. Engali's picture

What's tha capacity utilization for the Bernank's printing press? He may have to order a few more since his digital transmission mechanism isn't working.....bullish for job creation.

Oldwood's picture

When things get really bad, you have to lie! Thank God we have such a lovingand considerate government. They just want us to die peacefully. Kind of like cooking lobster in booze to soften the blow.

tok1's picture

snickers and Pauly D had to shut the t shirt shop for a week,, 

Number 156's picture

A friend of mine had his work hours reduced to 20 hours a week. Why? Because his employer cannot afford to run his business anymore in Southern California. Obama is going to have his 'Great Leap Forward' soon enough.

Oldwood's picture

My twisted goal is to have the nicest equipment auction in town. I have been paying my guys to clean and pollish our machinery in their slow times. Now i'm finally down to sending these guys home for lack of work. It shouldn't be long now.

RobD's picture


Just curious, what do you not make anymore on that machinery?

drchris's picture

Sandy and Bush are really going to screw up the next four years.

hero HNL's picture

Got no idea how these guys do the math......never trust the pundits.




ghostzapper's picture

I still just love those arrows and lines you add Tyler.  Yeah it's so simple but the sheep need that to see through the haze induced by their intoxication from the financial news media kool-aidathons and incessant cheerleading. 

TideFighter's picture

That was some down velocity we just saw. In "normal times", that wouldv'e been 400-500 points, easy.

SKY85hawk's picture

Thank you for being the Voice-of-Reason!

Pairadimes's picture

I thought we were blaming a video.

Offthebeach's picture

Japan supply lines. Millions of EBT nation unable to buy PS.

( Are EBT/SNAP and rear mirror Handicapped signs, production? )

monopoly's picture

Unfortunately, this is what they will report on the evening news....and most will believe it. That is the mentality of this once great nation.

MiltonFriedmansNightmare's picture

Do the 47% care at all about the state of the economy? I think not.



De minimus's picture

As long as Marxists, (and I include the media here because they could change the outcome of the equation but have chosen to report only self and ideologically serving lies) can take credit for good news and blame any one or anything else for their actions, they have power and are consequently, happier than pigs in shit. Actually, their pedicured little toes never touch the stuff, that's what we are for, human stepping stones.

sbenard's picture

"Mommy, it's ALL Sandy's fault!"

This article, too, was "brilliant"! REALLY!

rjs's picture

if anything was gonna be hit by Sandy, it was the utilities...but utility output fell 0.1% after having been unchanged in september...hardly convincing..