Philly Fed Mfg Index: Growth Continues

The Philly Fed's Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey is a monthly report for the Third Federal Reserve District, covers eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. While it focuses exclusively on business in this district, this regional survey gives a generally reliable clue as to the direction of the broader Chicago Fed's National Activity Index.

The latest Manufacturing Index came in at 23.2, up 7.8 from last month's 15.4. The 3-month moving average came in at 25.9, down from last month. Since this is a diffusion index, negative readings indicate contraction, positive ones indicate expansion. The Six-Month Outlook came in at 28.7, up 9.7 from the previous month's 19.

The 23.2 headline number came in above the 20 forecast at