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China PMI Falls to a 9-Month Low

More bad news from China here as the Flash PMI falls to a 9 month low (via Markit):

Key points

  • Flash China Manufacturing PMI™ at 48.3 (49.2 in May). Nine-month low.
  • Flash China Manufacturing Output Index at 48.8(50.7 in May). Eight-month low.

The HSBC Flash China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index™ (PMI™) is published on a monthly basis approximately one week before final PMI data are released, making the HSBC PMI the earliest available
indicator of manufacturing sector operating conditions in China. The estimate is typically based on approximately 85%–90% of total PMI survey responses each month and is designed to provide an accurate indication of the final PMI data.

Well, the US economy now looks like the only moderately strong leg.  There’s certainly not a lot of help coming from Europe or China.  Here’s to hoping the isolated bit of strength can continue.  I am hopeful.  But increasingly less hopeful…


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