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WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following are highlights of forecasts for
upcoming U.S. economic indicators provided by participants in the MNI
weekly survey. The comment section presents the key elements behind the
Empire State Index for December (diffusion index)
Friday, December 15 at 8:30 a.m. ET Actual:
Median Range Dec17 Nov17 Oct17
Empire Index 17.5 14.7 to 20.0 -- 19.4 30.2
Comments: The Empire State index is expected to fall to a reading
of 17.5 in December from 19.4 in November.
Industrial Production for November (percent change)
Friday, December 15 at 9:15 a.m. ET Actual:
Median Range Nov17 Oct17 Sep17
Ind Prod +0.3% Flat to +0.8% -- +0.9% +0.4%
Cap Util 77.2% 77.1% to 77.5% -- 77.0% 76.4%
Comments: Industrial production is expected to rise 0.3% in
November after a 0.9% surge in the previous month. Factory payrolls rose
by 31,000 in November, while auto production jobs were up 2,000 and the
factory workweek held steady at 40.9 hours. The ISM production index
rose to 63.9 in the current month from 61.0 in the previous month.
Utilities production is expected to decline in the month after a 2.0%
October gain, as the weather was warmer than normal, while mining
production is forecast to rebound after posting a 1.3% decline due to
increase oil and gas extraction. Capacity utilization is forecast to
rise to 77.2% from 77.0% in October.
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