Monday, March 5, 2012

ISM Report on Business - February 2012

The February ISM Non-manufacturing index was at 57.25 up .425% from the previous month.  Most of the components were up month over month.  On the other hand, a majority of the components of the Manufacturing index that was released last week were down month over month.  A reading above 50 percent indicates the sector is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates the is generally contracting.

Below is an interactive graph. You can interact with the graph by choosing what to display. The INDICATOR category contains all 10 areas surveyed as well as the PMI and NMI composites. The choices in the MA/NMA category allow you to view the Manufacturing report (MA), the Non-manufacturing report (NMA), and a composite of the two.   The DATES category allows you to view specific periods of time.

If you left click on a category, the chart will update with only data for that item in that category. If you hold the CONTROL button down while left clicking, it will toggle that item on and off while leaving the other items in that category the same allowing you to add or subtract items. If you hold the SHIFT key down while left clicking, it will add all items in between where you clicked and the item you last clicked. You can clear all selections in a category by clicking the Filter Icon on the top right of each category (looks like a funnel with a X). You can also refresh the page to bring it back to its original state.

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