Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A Not-Pretty Picture

Japanese data (supporting the points we made in our latest weekly message), paints a not-pretty picture of present global business conditions:  emphasis mine...

"June’s preliminary machine tool orders data was a huge disappointment, with total orders plunging 11%, led by a 16% decline in domestic orders. Domestic order levels are the lowest since 2013, almost 50% below the April 2018 peak. The 50% annualized decline in total orders on a 3m/3m annualized basis through June was the weakest reading since January 2013. These data are reasonably well-correlated to the global business cycle, so the absolute refusal to bottom in this series is a bad sign for the prospects of a bottoming out in data related to activity around the world; that’s especially true combined with PMI data." 
Bespoke Investment Group

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