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Industrial Production  
Released On 8/17/2017 8:50:00 AM For Jul, 2017
PriorPrior RevisedConsensusConsensus RangeActual
Production - M/M change0.4 %0.3 %0.0 % to 0.4 %0.2 %
Manufacturing - M/M0.2 %0.2 %-0.1 % to 0.3 %-0.1 %
Capacity Utilization Rate - Level76.6 %76.7 %76.7 %76.4 % to 76.9 %76.7 %

The Federal Reserve inadvertently released what is a weak July industrial production report about a 1/2 hour early this morning. Headline production rose 0.2 percent vs expectations for 0.3 percent with manufacturing output showing outright contraction, at minus 0.1 percent vs Econoday's consensus for a 0.2 percent gain. Capacity utilization hit expectations at 76.7 percent.

A 3rd straight decline in motor vehicles, down 3.6 percent in July, held down the month's production. Excluding vehicles, manufacturing rose 0.2 percent. But also not helping were business equipment, down 0.5 percent in the month, and construction supplies, down 0.4 percent. On the plus side with small gains are consumer goods, materials, and non-industrial supplies.

Outside of manufacturing, mining posted a 4th straight solid gain, at 0.4 percent, with utilities swinging higher with a 1.6 percent July increase.

This report, which is the first definitive look at July's factory sector, is unexpectedly flat and puts an end to the run of recently strong economic data. Strength in sentiment surveys like this morning's Philly Fed do not always match the real world. Vehicle sales were up in July but it has been a tough year for the sector. And given the decline in this report's manufacturing component, the upward momentum that the factory sector was showing looks less certain now.

Consensus Outlook
Driven by another month of unusual strength for the mining component, industrial production rose 0.4 percent in June to overshadow a less impressive 0.2 percent gain for the more important and mostly sluggish manufacturing component. Industrial production is seen rising 0.3 percent in July with manufacturing posting another 0.2 percent gain. Capacity utilization is expected to firm to 76.7 percent vs June's 76.6 percent.

The Federal Reserve's monthly index of industrial production and the related capacity indexes and capacity utilization rates cover manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities. The industrial sector, together with construction, accounts for the bulk of the variation in national output over the course of the business cycle. The production index measures real output and is expressed as a percentage of real output in a base year, currently 2012. The capacity index, which is an estimate of sustainable potential output, is also expressed as a percentage of actual output in 2012. The rate of capacity utilization equals the seasonally adjusted output index expressed as a percentage of the related capacity index.

The index of industrial production is available nationally by market and industry groupings. The major groupings are comprised of final products (such as consumer goods, business equipment and construction supplies), intermediate products and materials. The industry groupings are manufacturing (further subdivided into durable and nondurable goods), mining and utilities. The capacity utilization rate -- reflecting the resource utilization of the nation's output facilities -- is available for the same market and industry groupings.

Industrial production was also revised to NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) in the early 2000s. Unlike other economic series that lost much historical data prior to 1992, the Federal Reserve Board was able to reconstruct historical data that go back more than 30 years.  Why Investors Care
The industrial sector accounts for less than 20 percent of GDP. Yet, it creates much of the cyclical variability in the economy.
Data Source: Haver Analytics
The capacity utilization rate reflects the limits to operating the nation's factories, mines and utilities. In the past, supply bottlenecks created inflationary pressures as the utilization rate hit 84 to 85 percent.
Data Source: Haver Analytics

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