Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook Survey

Thu Nov 16 07:30:00 CST 2017
Consensus Consensus Range Previous
General Business Conditions Index – Level 25.0 23.0 to 26.5 27.9

Market Consensus Before Announcement
Readings throughout the Empire State report are near or at expansion highs including the general business conditions index which is expected to come in at 26.0 in November vs October’s 30.2. Shipments and employment have been showing steadily increasing strength.

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.

Investors need to monitor the economy closely because it usually dictates how various types of investments will perform. By tracking economic data such as the Philly Fed survey, investors will know what the economic backdrop is for the various markets. The stock market likes to see healthy economic growth because that translates to higher corporate profits. The bond market prefers more moderate growth so that it won’t lead to inflation. The Philly Fed survey gives a detailed look at the manufacturing sector, how busy it is and where things are headed. Since manufacturing is a major sector of the economy, this report has a big influence on market behavior. Some of the Philly Fed sub-indexes also provide insight on commodity prices and other clues on inflation. The bond market is highly sensitive to this report because it is released early in the month and is available before other important indicators.