Underlying industrial production trend ex-hurricanes remains positive
Here was my conclusion:
The average of the 5 is 22.9.
Dividing that by 5 gives us +.5.
Subtracting .3 gives us +.2.
We can be reasonably confident that underlying trend in industrial production in September, despite the hurricanes, has been positive.
That approach was borne out yesterday when overall September Industrial Production was reported at +0.3%, with manufacturing production up +0.1% as shown in the graphs below.:
If we were to apply the same workaround for August as we did for September, however, the forecast would have been a manufacturing reading of +0.2% for that month as well. That would be enough to put us slightly above where manufacturing production was earlier this year. Indeed, the Fed suggested that but for the hurricanes, September would have been +0.25% higher.
So despite the softness in industrial production the past few months, I believe the overall trend remains slightly positive and not suggestive of any underlying downturn in the economy.
— From Bonddad
Something to remember about industrial production is that, this cycle, it is the weakest coincident indicator. Consider the following two charts: