US Factory Orders Slide For 14 Consecutive Months As Inventory Ratio Soars To Recession Cycle Highs

With the Services economy now catching down to Manufacturing's demise (in its lagged - not decoupled - manner), this morning's news that US Factory Orders tumbled 2.9% in December (worse than expected and the biggest MoM drop since Dec 2014) offers little hope for any bounce anytime soon. This is the 14th monthly drop in YoY factory orders - something has not happened outside of a broad US economic recession. Even more concerning is the surge in inventories-to-shipments to cycle highs seen in 2000 and 2008.

 

 

And inventories soar to cycle highs...

 

Still the excuses pile up... weather... foreign not domestic... services will save us (oh wait!)