Richmond Fed Prints Biggest Miss In 7 Years As New Orders Collapse
Thanks to a total and utter collapse in new order volume (from +9 to -15 - worst in 2 years) and order backlog (-1 to -24), the Richmond Fed manufacturing survey just printed at -11 (against expectations of an exuberant +8). This is the biggest miss since May 2006. Wages plunged; the average work-week plunged; capacity utlization plunged; but on the bright-side, the number of employees was flat (at 0). Perhaps more concerning is the outlook that sees prices paid rising notably more than prices received and capacity ultization dropping notably.
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