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Manufacturing Stock Gains

Last week stocks pulled back ever so slightly. But the last 2 sessions have been in positive territory as investors were hard pressed to find a reason to keep selling.

Helping the bullish cause on Monday was two manufacturing reports flexing some muscle.

First, was the regional Empire State Mfg report that focuses on New York state. This came in well above the +15 consensus at +19.28.

Second, was the national Industrial Production report coming in above expectations at +0.6% with a positive +0.3% revision to last month. The best part of this announcement is the continual rise in capacity utilization. At these levels many corporations start to become constrained and need to expand facilities to continue growth. This form of business investment is usually a boon for the economy given the large spending and job growth required.

Looks like the Muddle Through Economy keeps muddling higher...gladly stocks are doing the same.

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