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USA: Market Scenario Chemical Activity Barometer Climbs in October: ACC

Editor: Ahlam Rais

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has reported that its Chemical Activity Barometer climbed 0.9 % in October on a three-month moving average basis. It also stated that the barometer was down 3.3 % in October on a year-over-year basis.

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The unadjusted data show a 0.1 % gain in October following a 0.8 % gain in September and a 1.9 % gain in August.
The unadjusted data show a 0.1 % gain in October following a 0.8 % gain in September and a 1.9 % gain in August.
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Washington/USA – The Chemical Activity Barometer (Cab), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), rose 0.9 per cent in October on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis, a marked deceleration from the 1.5 per cent gain in September and 2.6 per cent gain in August. On a year-over-year (Y/Y) basis, the barometer was down 3.3 per cent in October.

The unadjusted data show a 0.1 per cent gain in October following a 0.8 per cent gain in September and a 1.9 per cent gain in August. The diffusion index eased from 65 per cent to 59 per cent in October. The diffusion index marks the number of positive contributors relative to the total number of indicators monitored. The Cab reading for September was revised downward by 0.26 points and the reading for August was revised downward by 0.30 points. These were volatile months for the data.

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“With six consecutive months of gains, the October Cab reading remains consistent with recovery in the U.S. economy,” said Kevin Swift, chief economist at ACC.

The CAB has four main components, each consisting of a variety of indicators: 1) production; 2) equity prices; 3) product prices; and 4) inventories and other indicators.

In October, production-related indicators were mixed. Trends in construction-related resins, pigments and related performance chemistry were largely positive. Resins and chemistry used in light vehicles and other durable goods were positive. Gains in plastic resins used in packaging and for consumer and institutional applications were mixed. Performance chemistry and U.S. exports were mixed. Equity prices rebounded, while product and input prices were positive. Inventory and other supply chain indicators were positive.

Chemical activity barometer for the latest six months and year-ago month
Chemical activity barometer for the latest six months and year-ago month
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