ISM Index: Strong V-Shaped Recovery Underway
The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, says its manufacturing index read 55.7 last month, compared with 52.6 in September. It's the third straight reading above 50, which indicates growth.
MP: This is the strongest level for the ISM index in three and one-half years, since April 2006, and is now at a higher level during the current economic expansion than during the 2002 economic recovery (see chart above).
Update 1: Graph has been updated with explanation of the shaded recession areas.
Update 2: According to Scott Grannis, the ISM rebound suggests we'll have Q4 real GDP growth of 4-5%.