Stocks slide. Stocks are sliding again this morning on reports of President Trump’s indications that he has “no deadline” to reach a limited trade agreement with China. Those reports could decrease the likelihood of a delay in an upcoming tariff hike scheduled to take effect on December 15. The S&P 500 Index appears to be heading for its first two-day slide since 2017 to kick off December. Monday, stocks took cues from other negative trade headlines and disappointing manufacturing data.
Mixed manufacturing data. The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 48.1 in November, the second-lowest reading of the economic cycle. ISM’s index of new orders, a leading indicator of manufacturing health, slid to its lowest level of the cycle, indicating the weakness could continue. On the other hand, Markit’s manufacturing PMI climbed for a third straight month to 52.6. We watch the ISM gauge of manufacturing closely, as historically it has dropped below 50 (the threshold between contractionary and expansionary territory) during economic slowdowns. The ISM PMI has now closed below 50 for four straight months.
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