GDP Growth Doubts Rise As Goods Shipments Disappoint In Feb; Orders Revised Lower… Again

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GDP Growth Doubts Rise As Goods Shipments Disappoint In Feb; Orders Revised Lower… Again

Having plunged by the most since COVID lockdowns in January, analysts expected a small rebound in February data released this morning. Analysts were right as headline factory orders rose 1.4% MoM (vs +1.0% exp) but this was from a downwardly revised 3.8% MoM loss in January (from -3.6%). That lifted the YoY rise in factory orders to +1.0%…

Source: Bloomberg

On a core (ex-transports) basis, orders also beat expectations, rising 1.1% MoM (vs +0.5% MoM exp) from an upwardly revised 0.6% MoM loss in January. That MoM gain inched the YoY orders back into the green (+0.17%)…

Source: Bloomberg

The Military-Industrial complex struggled in February (poor things) as Defense spending dropped 12.7% MoM (while non-defense rebounded from its biggest MoM drop since COVID lockdowns)…

Source: Bloomberg

Mining and Refining orders rose notably in February while shipbuilding orders tumbled most since June 2023…

Source: Bloomberg

Final factory orders were revised slightly lower over the month with capital goods shipments ex-air –  a key input for the government’s GDP calculation – tumbled 0.6% MoM (the worst since Feb 2021)…

Source: Bloomberg

That’s a troubling signal for future production and and limits the scope for a persistent upswing in capex.

Finally, it’s that same old issue again… downward revisions!! In the last 21 months, US factory orders have been downwardly revised 17 times…

Source: Bloomberg

Bidenomics – make it up as you go along – continues.

Tyler Durden
Tue, 04/02/2024 – 10:11