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Wednesday: Trade Deficit

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The ISM manufacturing survey is almost always released before the BLS employment report for the same month, and frequently the ISM non-manufacturing survey also precedes the employment report. This didn’t happen for July since the employment report was released on Friday August 1st.

Now that the surveys have been released, the ISM surveys suggested fairly strong hiring in July.

The ISM manufacturing employment index increased in July to 58.2%, from 52.8% in June. A historical correlation between the ISM manufacturing employment index and the BLS employment report for manufacturing, suggests that private sector manufacturing payroll jobs increased about 25,000 in July.

The ISM non-manufacturing employment index increased in July to 56.0%, up from 54.4% in June. A historical correlation between the ISM non-manufacturing index and the BLS employment report for non-manufacturing, suggests that private sector payroll jobs for non-manufacturing increased by about 232,000 in July.

Taken together, these surveys suggested around 257,000 jobs added in July – well above the 198,000 private sector jobs reported by the BLS.  Of course these surveys indicate the number of firms hiring, not the number of people hired – and the relationship is “noisy” with timing issues too – but this is another positive employment indicator.

Wednesday:
• At 7:00 AM ET, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.

• At 8:30 AM, the Trade Balance report for June from the Census Bureau. The consensus is for the U.S. trade deficit to be at .0 billion in June from .4 billion in May.
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