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Manufacturing Activity Rises in November

Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg News

U.S. manufacturing activity’s rate of expansion rose in November, the Institute for Supply Management reported Dec. 2.

ISM’s monthly factory index increased to a 57.3 reading, from 56.4 in October, the group said in its monthly report.

The ISM index has increased six straight months, the longest stretch since the first 10 months of 2009, Bloomberg News reported.

Figures of more than 50 indicate expansion, and figures below that level show contraction.

The index topped economists’ median forecast of a 55.1 reading, Bloomberg reported.

“Things are becoming a little more constructive,” Millan Mulraine, director of U.S. rates research at TD Securities USA, told Bloomberg.

“If I’m a business, and I see consumer spending climbing even in the face of all these headwinds, then when the economy turns around, which we’ll probably see as we move into next year, then I’m going to pick up capital spending,” Mulraine said.

ISM’s factory index measures manufacturing components of the economy.

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