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Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook Survey  
Released On 2/15/2018 8:30:00 AM For Feb, 2018
PriorConsensusConsensus RangeActual
General Business Conditions Index - Level22.2 21.0 19.0  to 24.7 25.8 

The song remains the same for the Philly Fed where the general business conditions index beat high-end expectations at 25.8 for February. New orders, at 24.5, are surging and unfilled orders, at 14.5, are piling up fast. Hiring is so far keeping up, at 25.2, but the acceleration in shipments is slowing, down nearly 15 points to what is however a still very active 15.5.

Price data are also strong with steady and very strong traction being shown for selling prices, where the index is at 23.9. And price expectations are jumping, both for selling prices six months from now and especially for input costs.

For more than a year, the Philly Fed sample has been reporting the hottest conditions of any regional manufacturing survey in results that did signal, though perhaps too far in advance, what is now an uplift underway in actual government data. Watch later this morning for the industrial production report where the manufacturing component has been surprisingly soft.

Consensus Outlook
Like Empire State, slight slowing at a still a strong rate of growth was January's result for the Philly Fed manufacturing index which is expected to hold steady in February at a consensus 21.0. Shipments, the workweek and employment have been climbing sharply and are raising questions over the sample's capacity constraints.

The general conditions index from this business outlook survey is a diffusion index of manufacturing conditions within the Philadelphia Federal Reserve district. This survey, widely followed as an indicator of manufacturing sector trends, is correlated with the ISM manufacturing index and the index of industrial production.  Why Investors Care
The Philadelphia Fed''s business outlook survey is a good leading indicator for the index of industrial production. It is reported in the third week of the month and thus has a lead time of nearly three weeks.
Data Source: Haver Analytics

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