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Vital Signs: Big Manufacturers Are Upbeat About the U.S., but More Worried about the World

Large manufacturers are more confident about the U.S. economy’s future but less so about the global outlook, according to a survey released Thursday.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/18/vital-signs-big-manufacturers-are-upbeat-about-the-u-s-but-more-worried-about-the-world/?mod=WSJBlog

Fed Beige Book: District-by-District Summary

The Federal Reserve’s latest “beige book” report Wednesday said economic conditions improved in most regions of the country and, in some areas, had rebounded from weather-related slowdowns earlier this year. The following are excerpts from a district-by-district summary of economic conditions from mid-February through early April.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/16/fed-beige-book-district-by-district-summary-7/?mod=marketbeat

Vital Signs: Operating Rates Edge Closer to Pre-Recession Levels

Larger-than-expected gains in production mean the U.S. industrial sector is operating at its highest rate since 2008.
The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that industrial output increased a larger-than-expected 0.7% in March on top of a 1.2% jump in February. In turn, capacity utilization increased to 79.2% in March, the best reading since June 2008. Manufacturing alone is using 76.7% of its available capacity, well above the 63.9% low hit during the last recession.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/16/vital-signs-operating-rates-edge-closer-to-pre-recession-levels/?mod=WSJBlog

Electricity, Steel Hint at Economic Uptick in China

Growth in China’s electricity output picked up in March from its January-February pace.

BEIJING—Official data shows China’s economy in the first

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/16/electricity-steel-hint-at-economic-uptick-in-china/?mod=WSJ_EC_RT_Blog

Fall of Manufacturing and Rise of Education and Health Services

Making Americans healthier and more educated is a better bet than making actual things when it comes to finding a job these days.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/04/fall-of-manufacturing-and-rise-of-education-and-health-services/?mod=WSJBlog

UK PMI Points To Moderating Growth, Inflation

A survey of purchasing managers released Tuesday indicates the U.K.’s economic recovery may be moderating. Coupled with low and falling inflation, that suggests the bank of England is unlikely to contemplate a rise in its benchmark interest rate for some time to come.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/01/uk-pmi-points-to-moderating-growth-inflation/?mod=marketbeat

Economists React: China Manufacturing PMIs Reflect Slowing Growth

China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index, a measure of conditions in the manufacturing sector published Tuesday, rose for the first time in six months, edging up to 50.3 in March from 50.2 a month earlier.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/01/economists-react-china-manufacturing-pmis-reflect-slowing-growth/?mod=WSJBlog

Manufacturers Ended 2013 With Strong Profit Growth

Manufacturing firms posted the best profit increase in two-and-half years during the fourth quarter of 2013 after a slowdown the prior year, but the winter chill so far in 2014 could make gains short-lived.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/03/24/manufacturers-ended-2013-with-strong-profit-growth/?mod=WSJBlog

As China Slows Down, Is Stimulus in the Offing?

China’s growth is slowing, with a preliminary gauge of the manufacturing sector reinforcing the picture of weakness.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/03/24/as-china-slows-down-is-stimulus-in-the-offing/?mod=WSJ_EC_RT_Blog
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