January Industrial Production Decline Bodes Poorly For Q1 GDP Rebound

Tyler Durden's picture

It would appear that the channel-stuffed awesomeness of the auto manufacturing business has caught up with the inexorable reality of demand (even with uber cheap credit and subprime financing). January's Industrial Production missed positive (+0.2%) expectations and fell -0.1% for the first time in 3 months. What drove the slide? A 5.5% plunge - the largest in 6 months - in vehicle production (which dragged Manufacturing production -0.4% overall). This slide in Industrial Production does not offer much additional hope/hype for those looking to discard Q4's negative GDP print and expecting a Q1 jump.



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Tsar Pointless's picture

Bunga bunga?

Or have we moved on?


TruthInSunshine's picture

Malibus, Volts, Caterpillars & John Deere, too!

The inundation is a flooding in like a post-tsunami brew!

Stack that metal, high & deep!

At some point, we'll blow it all out cheap!

I'm off to JC Penney, so hold down the fort whist I'm gone!

(I'm really off to work my 2nd job hawking Herbalife crap to my siblings, friends & their spawn!)

FL_Conservative's picture

The annointed one will have his car czar on this immediately.  Ramp production back up and "loosen" credit approval standards.  I thought that's what student loans were for?

SeattleBruce's picture

You mean channel stuffing is not a long term solution for the mostly bailed out US auto industry?

Dr. Engali's picture

I'm surprised that the guns and ammo manufacturing didn't turn this number positive. Can you imagine what this number would be like if a bummer wasn't after selling guns?

edb5s's picture

Big surprise; auto manufacturing lags after end-of-year channel stuffing extravaganza.  Who could have possibly seen this coming?

Dr. Engali's picture

That should read Obummer out there selling guns. Damn spellcheck.

thismarketisrigged's picture

come on tyler, nothing in this market is negative. im sure that data is good for 50 plus dow pts, 5 plus s&p pts. if it had been a positive number, it would be more than enough to get us to 15000 dow next week and 1600 s&p,


this market has not only become a joke, its boring, its like it can never go red, and when it does, it does o so slightly

CheapBastard's picture

Since every 3 minutes there's a commerical for some variety of 2-ton pickup truck, I suspected they are doing poorly.

Maybe changing their name to 'iTruck" would help their sales ?

Winston of Oceania's picture

Still have a year of payments on my truck and they are bugging the shit out of me to trade it in. I keep declining as I too wear the badge of frugality, in fact my wife claims that only dogs can hear me fart.

piceridu's picture

How about the deal GM signed with Man United...559M.  Amazing what Government Motors can do with bailout funds: 



SeattleBruce's picture

"Maybe changing their name to 'iTruck" would help their sales ?"

Can you play video games with it?!

LongSoupLine's picture

Fuck you GM.  Die you fucking fiat stuffed obama juice sucking union pricks.  Fuck off assholes.

Tsar Pointless's picture

+3 F-bombs.

Not bad for one semi-long sentence and two short ones.

Everybodys All American's picture

The markets feel like the are coming to a standstill with absolutely no one trading any longer.

Tsar Pointless's picture

Well, yeah - that's the general intention.

firstdivision's picture

No worries, Ben has it covered.

SheepDog-One's picture

Why not just GIVE all the cars away, and claim them as sales? Who really gives a shit?

Bon Hagar's picture

Guy I know leases a Chevy Volt ($40,000+ sticker) for less than $200 @ month (GM employee) so, it's getting to that.

TruthInSunshine's picture

I have proposed a federally-funded "Corvette/Escalade/Volt in every garage/parking lot/subsidized housing carport program," similar to FDR's "chicken in every pot."

kito's picture

tyler, it was the meteor explosion this morning that affected industrial production.........shame on you for not realizing..............................

Bon Hagar's picture

Russia gets real meteors, we get fake ones.

Pasadena Phil's picture

The capacity utilization index was up 10.3 points this morning which is counter-intuitive to this steep drop in manufacturing. Does anyone have numbers for whether manufacturing capacity is rising or falling? Given the diversion of cash away from CAPEX and into M&A, there is no reason why capacity should be rising.

Investing in a centrally planned global economy is so creepy. It's like piloting a 787 but none of the instrument readings make sense. Up is down, left is right, always flying through turbulence but the altimeter hovers at a constant 30,000 feet...

Pasadena Phil's picture

It's like the price of gold plummeting just as a global currency war goes nuclear and when central banks are the biggest buyers of gold. Is there no supply/demand pricing mechanism in the gold market? It's not like gold production is growning either.

And who is buying into this rally anyway? The volume continues to decline even though it has been abysmal for years!

Pasadena Phil's picture

Maybe I'm misreading this but according to the latest Fed report on production and capacity utilization, ALL of the growth in production in December as well as improvement in capacity utilization was for utilities.




Kind of makes the argument that the economy depends on iPhone users to consume electricty and ramp up usage charges to their service providers. Otherwise, it makes no sense to argue that our economy is improving.

scottch's picture

Warren must like the ROI on that ad deal.  Saw where he's buying more GM.  I smell another round of GM bailout.

nightshiftsucks's picture

I work in high tech mfg,our main market is automotive.Back in Sept they cut our shifts from 12 to 10 hours and in Dec we had layoffs.I guess orders are picking up a little bit because we are now back on 12 hour shifts for the next 4 months.It looks like the channel stuffing is going to go on a bit longer.

Cristy's picture

Industrial production continued to decline, and unemployment became a major problem. I got a opportunity of work with Jib Cranes