Stocks, Bond Yields Plunge After Dismal Manufacturing Data

A 2nd consecutive contraction in US Manufacturing, according to ISM, has sparked selling in stocks and a bid for safe-havens like bonds and gold.

ISM respondents

“General market is slowing even more than a normal fourth-quarter slowdown.” (Fabricated Metal Products)

“Business has been flat for us. Year-over-year growth has slowed dramatically.” (Miscellaneous Manufacturing)

“We have seen a reduction in sales orders and, therefore, a lower demand for products we order. We have also reduced our workforce by 10 percent.” (Plastics & Rubber Products)

Stocks tanked...

Led to the downside by The Dow and S&P...

Bonds were bid...

Source: Bloomberg

And gold bounced...

As the dollar slid off multi-year highs...

Source: Bloomberg

Source: Bloomberg

And before we hear the usual bullshit commentary that "manufacturing is only blah in the economy", consider...

Get back to work Mr.Powell!