3.5-Point Swing in Manufacturing U.S.-Euro Area PMI Spread

June 2, 2011

At –1.1, the U.S. minus Euroland factory-sector purchasing manager index differential was negative in May for the first time since September.  The euro averaged $1.433 in May, a pricey value from an historical standpoint, but one wouldn’t know that from these PMI results.  America’s overall index slumped 6.9 points, and key components such as production (down 9.8 points) and new orders (off 10.7 points) were jolted even more sharply.  Euroland’s PMI fell by 3.4 points to 54.6, representing an ample rate of expansion.  Such was a 7-month low, as was the German index of 57.7.  The French PMI dropped 2.6 points to 54.9, and Italy’s fell by 2.7 points to a six-month trough of 52.8.  Spain’s 48.2 reading and Greece’s 44.5 were below 50 and thus represented outright contraction. Euroland enjoyed its greatest advantage in manufacturing against the United States since July 2010, only the euro then was much cheaper at $1.278.

Mf’g PMI’s U.S. Euroland Spread EUR/USD
Feb 2008 48.8 52.3 -3.5 1.475
March 49.0 52.0 -3.0 1.553
April 48.6 50.7 -2.1 1.574
May 49.3 50.6 -1.3 1.555
June 49.5 49.2 +0.3 1.557
July 49.5 47.4 +2.1 1.577
August 49.3 47.6 +1.7 1.497
September 43.4 45.0 -1.6 1.437
October 38.7 41.1 -2.4 1.331
November 36.6 35.6 +1.0 1.268
December 32.9 33.9 -1.0 1.351
Jan 2009 35.6 34.4 +1.2 1.326
February 35.7 33.5 +2.2 1.303
March 36.4 33.9 +2.5 1.306
April 40.4 36.8 +3.2 1.318
May 43.2 40.7 +2.5 1.365
June 45.3 42.6 +2.7 1.401
July 49.1 46.3 +2.8 1.409
August 52.8 48.2 +4.6 1.426
September 52.4 49.3 +3.1 1.455
October 55.2 50.7 +4.5 1.489
November 53.7 51.2 +2.5 1.491
December 54.9 51.6 +3.3 1.459
Jan 2010 58.4 52.4 +6.0 1.409
February 57.1 54.2 +2.9 1.368
March 60.4 56.6 +3.8 1.356
April 59.6 57.6 +2.0 1.342
May 57.8 55.8 +2.0 1.255
June 55.3 55.6 -0.3 1.220
July 55.1 56.7 -1.6 1.278
August 55.2 55.1 +0.1 1.288
September 55.3 53.7 -0.4 1.308
October 56.9 54.6 +2.3 1.389
November 58.2 55.3 +2.9 1.368
December 58.5 57.1 +1.4 1.323
Jan 2011 60.8 57.3 +3.5 1.337
February 61.4 59.0 +2.4 1.365
March 61.2 57.5 +3.7 1.400
April 60.4 58.0 +2.4 1.445
May 53.5 54.6 -1.1 1.433

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