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February 2018

Portland Cement Shipments

U.S. national Portland cement shipments in November totaled 8.81 million, (Mt) short tons. For the three months total (3MMT), ending November, cement shipments were up slightly year on year, (y/y). Five of the nine census regions posted higher 3MMT cement shipments y/y. Figure 1 shows the three month moving average shipments in tons per month on [...]

Currency Report

The dollar Broad Index posted a reading of 94.35 on February 2nd, its lowest point since June 2015. Over the past 12 months, the dollar broad index has ranged between 94.35, (today) and 101.88, (February 2017). On a twelve moving average, (12MMA) year on year, (y/y) comparison, the dollar was down 8.6% against the Broad [...]

ISM Manufacturing Index

The January Purchasers Manager’s Index fell-back 0.6 point month on month, (m/m) to 59.1, lower than December’s revised 59.7, but still topping analysts’ expectations. The index has been greater than 50, (>50 = expansion) for 17 consecutive months. The new orders sub-index scored a 64.5, its eighth month in a row over 60. Conditions are [...]

­­­Construction Put-in-Place, (CPIP)

Total U.S. construction spending came in above the consensus estimate in December. This was the fifth month in a row of gains in construction expenditures. Census Bureau non-seasonally adjusted (NSA), constant dollar CPIP data showed that December’s twelve month total, (12MT) construction expenditures grew by 3.6% year on year (y/y), to $1226.9 billion (B). On a [...]

January 2018

Consumer Confidence

Consumer confidence increased in January as the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Composite Index rose by 2.3 points to 125.4, following a decline in December. On a three month moving average, (3MMA) the composite index measured 125.7, up 0.3 point month on month (m/m). On a year over year comparison, the 3MMA composite index was up [...]

U.S. Steel Mill Shipments and Domestic Consumption of Long Products*

For the 12 months ending December 2017, U.S. mill shipments of long products increased by 5.9% year on year, (y/y). U.S. domestic consumption of long products increased by 1.6% over the same timeframe. Import share of long products averaged 19.8% over the past 12 months, down from 22.6% for the 12 months ending December 2016. [...]