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Factory Orders  
Released On 6/5/2017 10:00:00 AM For Apr, 2017
PriorPrior RevisedConsensusConsensus RangeActual
Factory Orders - M/M change0.2 %1.0 %-0.2 %-0.3 % to 0.4 %-0.2 %

Highlights
The weak run of second-quarter data continues with April's 0.2 percent decline in factory orders. The durable goods component fell 0.8 percent in the month reflecting a give back in aircraft orders and wide weakness for most readings. Orders for non-durable goods rose 0.4 percent reflecting moderate gains for food and energy.

The ex-transportation reading, which excludes aircraft, managed only a 0.1 percent gain in the month with core capital goods orders (nondefense ex-aircraft) also up only 0.1 percent. April's shipments of core capital goods, which are an input into second-quarter GDP, also rose only 0.1 percent which is another negative in this report. And only a marginal positive for GDP is a 0.1 percent rise in total inventories. Total shipments were unchanged in the month keeping the inventory-to-shipments ratio unchanged at 1.38.

Positives in the report include a 0.6 percent rise for motor vehicle orders and a 1.6 percent rise for computers. Also total unfilled orders, which contracted through most of last year, are up 0.2 percent for a second straight small gain.

Another positive in the report is an upward revision to March factory orders which now stand at 1.0 percent following February's 0.8 percent gain. But the prior gains were driven by aircraft as the ex-transportation reading could move only modestly higher. The factory sector is not living up to the promise of the high-flying regional reports and, instead of accelerating this year, now appears to be struggling.

Recent History Of This Indicator
Factory orders have been improving though are still struggling to keep in positive ground. Aircraft orders have been a plus this year but April's advance data in the durable goods report showed a downswing, one that pulls Econoday's consensus to minus 0.2 percent vs March's marginal 0.2 percent gain. Aircraft aside, May's durables data were mostly soft including little strength for capital goods. Note that inventories will be of special interest in the report given April draws in both retail and wholesale inventories.

Definition
Factory orders represent the dollar level of new orders for both durable and nondurable goods. This report gives more complete information than the advance durable goods report which is released one or two weeks earlier in the month.  Why Investors Care
 
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Even though monthly shipment data fluctuate less than new orders, both series show underlying trends more clearly by looking at year-over-year changes. In 2005 for example,new orders rose more rapidly than shipments due to large gains in aircraft orders. Aircraft orders have a long lead to shipment.
Data Source: Haver Analytics
 
 

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