EUR/USD fell today after the manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index from Institute for Supply Management rose above the neutral 50.0 level, suggesting that the US manufacturing index turned from contraction to expansion. The report from Markit also confirmed that the sector is expanding. Meanwhile, construction spending demonstrated an unexpected drop.
Markit manufacturing PMI fell from 52.0 in August to 51.5 in September according to the final estimate, in line with the preliminary reading and analysts’ estimate of 51.4. (Event A on the chart.)
ISM manufacturing PMI rose from 49.4 in August to 51.5 in September, returning into expansionary territory. Experts had predicted a smaller gain to 50.4%. (Event B on the chart.)
Construction spending fell 0.7% in August from July while analysts had promised an increase by 0.3%. The indicator was up 0.3% in July. (Event B on the chart.)
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