ISM Manufacturing PMI 53.5% for May 2012

The May 2012 ISM Manufacturing Survey PMI declined -1.3 percentage points to 53.5% and indicates U.S. Manufacturing grew at slower pace in May, yet new orders hit a high not seen since April 2011. Prices paid for raw materials absolutely plunged and is the lowest since December 2011. Survey comment responses were a mixed bag, but generally positive overall. Chemical Products appears to have had a bad month.

Manufacturing ISM PMI 54.8% for April 2012

The April 2012 ISM Manufacturing Survey increased +1.4 percentage points to 54.8% PMI, and indicates U.S. Manufacturing grew at a faster pace in April. Survey respondents are concerned about economic conditions in Europe and worry about the meager U.S. job growth. Food and Beverages report warm weather increased their sales and Computers & Electronics says sales are slowing.