US consumers don't seem as happy now as several months back

Weaker US Data Today Sending the USD Lower

Posted Friday, March 1, 2019 by
Skerdian Meta • 1 min read

We’ve had a number of economic indicators being released today from the US. The data was released for two months together due to the US government shutdown. Apart form the personal income which posted a big increase for December, all the other indicators came out softer than expected. Let’s have a look:

US Economic DataActualExpectedPrevious
Core Price Index December0.2%0.2%0.2%
Personal Spending December-0.5%-0.2%0.6%
Personal Income December1.0%0.5%0.3%
Personal Income January-0.1%0.3%1.0%
Final Manufacturing PMI5353.753.7
ISM Manufacturing PMI54.255.656.6
UoM Consumer Sentiment93.895.895.5
ISM Manufacturing Prices49.451.649.6


As you can see, all the figures are below expectations apart from the personal income for December which jumped higher, but I suppose that’s partly due to year-end bonuses. Personal income declined in January, although on the other hand, the government shutdown has also had some negative effect there.

The University of Michigan consumer sentiment indicator for February continues to show a weakening sentiment among the US consumer, while manufacturing keep softening since it peaked in Summer. I see that the US Fiat-Chrysler auto sales are down by 2.0% and Toyota sales are down by 5.2% against -2.5% expected. So, soft economic numbers all around from the US today and that is sending the Buck lower. Stock markets have reversed lower too while safe havens are benefiting as the sentiment is damaged by the softening economy.


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