05 Sep 2003 Recovery on Track
Posted at 16:08h in The Friday BriefThe S&P is up 2% and the NASDAQ is up 3.2% for the week. Progress continues on the economic front as signs mount that the recovery is fully underway. The short week following Labor Day started on a high note with ISM Manufacturing rising to 54.7, its highest reading since December. It was also the second month above 50 signaling thatU.S.manufacturing is growing after four months of contraction. The Institute’s production index rose to 61.6, the highest in four years. Inventories are lean so factories must step up production to meet rising demand. But so far, the increase in factory output has not increased hiring as productivity continues to rise faster than the economy.