Register or Sign in        Email This Page     Link To This Page    
Visit MND at MBA in NYC!
164,279
# of Subscribers
Place your ad here

Site Tools

Join Now or Sign In
for Full Access to All Features
National Average   % Change
30 Yr FRM 4.85% -0.05%
15 Yr FRM 4.26% -0.03%
1 Yr ARM 2.68% 0.01%
5/1 Yr ARM 4.10% 0.03%
30 YR 3.38% 0.00%
Fed Prime 3.25% 0.00%

Recent Video

[View:http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=7000046681&__source...
Receive Free Email Alerts
Stay up to date on breaking news and blog posts with our free News Alert Service
Notice: 'Top News' and 'Fed and Economy Watch', have been combined into a new channel called 'MND Newswire'. Check back daily for the latest housing and economic news.

The new url for MND Newswire is http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/news/

ISM Services Report Growth, Employment Lingers

A key survey of the services, financial, and construction industries unexpectedly reported growth in September, beating Wall Street forecasts by more than 2 points.

The Institute for Supply Management said its non-manufacturing index rose to 50.9 last month, marking the first sign of growth in a year and the highest level since May 2008. A score above 50 indicates overall growth; analysts had only forecast a 48.8 score after the 48.4 level is August.

“Unlike the September jobs report, these data suggest the bounce in real activity in the third quarter may be providing some traction for further growth,” said economists at Nomura Global Economics. “The increase in new orders and bigger increase in backlogs suggests these businesses may soon need to resume hiring.

The jump was led by gains in production, new orders, order backlogs, and imports. Employment continued to deteriorate but at a slower pace than in August, and prices deflated compared to the month before.

“We believe this is further corroboration that the economy continued to recover toward the end of the third quarter, though employment remained a lagging area,” said analysts at RDQ Economics.

Despite the headline gain, only 5 industries reported growth in the month, while 13 said business continued to slow down. That may help to explain why the equities market pared gains upon the release. Stocks do remain positive on the day though.

Details:

  • Production improved 3.8 points to 55.1, its highest level since October 2007.
  • New Orders climbed 4.3 points to 54.2 ― the first growth marker in a year.
  • Employment advanced 0.8 point to 44.3. 
  • Prices Paid fell 14.3 points to 48.8, “indicating a significant reversal and decrease in prices paid from August.”

WHAT RESPONDENTS ARE SAYING …

Anthony Nieves, chairman of the ISM’s business survey committee, said comments from executives surveyed were “mixed about business conditions and the overall economy.” A sample is provided below:

  • "Sales are very steady and have risen some each month in the past six months. The bottom is now here." (Construction)
  • "Economic recovery turnaround has begun in the financial services sector; however, cautious expense management is still practiced." (Finance & Insurance)
  • "Lack of capital available for new project development." (Accommodation & Food Services)
  • "Continue to see signs of slow recovery, but customers are still putting orders off until the beginning of 2010." (Professional, Scientific & Technical Services)
  • "Inconsistent ... just when things seem to be settling a bit, a new set of pressures develops." (Retail Trade)
  • "Improvements seen in prices available for natural gas and other fuels." (Educational Services)


Filed under:
 

More From MND

Mortgage Rates:
  • 30 Yr FRM 4.99%
  • |
  • 15 Yr FRM 4.47%
  • |
  • Jumbo 30 Year Fixed 4.42%
MBS Prices:
Recent Housing Data:
  • Mortgage Apps 0.03%
  • |
  • Refinance Index -0.10%
  • |
  • Purchase Index 0.12%

Comments

Join Now or Login to Post Comments

 

More From MND

Mortgage Rates:
  • 30 Yr FRM 4.99%
  • |
  • 15 Yr FRM 4.47%
  • |
  • Jumbo 30 Year Fixed 4.42%
MBS Prices:
Recent Housing Data:
  • Mortgage Apps 0.03%
  • |
  • Refinance Index -0.10%
  • |
  • Purchase Index 0.12%