Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Philly Fed Business Outlook Survey: April 2012

Today's release of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Business Outlook Survey (BOS) for April indicated a slowing of the regions manufacturing activity with the current activity index declining to a level of 8.5 while assessments the future activity index increased slightly to a level of 33.8.

The following chart shows the current and future activity indexes both with their corresponding 3-month moving averages. The red line marks the threshold between contraction and expansion for these diffusion indexes.