Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Philly Fed Business Outlook Survey: March 2013

The March release of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Business Outlook Survey (BOS) indicated an improvement of the regions manufacturing activity with the current activity index climbing to a weak expansionary level of 2 while assessments the future activity remained flat at level of 32.5.

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.