The numbers: Business activity steadied in New York State in June after two months of record contractions, according to the New York Fed’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey released Monday. The Empire State business conditions index rose 48 points to negative 0.2 in June. A reading so close to zero indicates steady conditions. Economists had expected a reading of negative 30, according to a survey by Econoday.
What happened: Thirty-six percent of manufacturers reported that conditions were better in early June than in May, up from 15% in the prior survey.
The new orders index rose 42 points to a level close to zero, indicating that the quantity of orders was unchanged from last month. Shipments climbed 42 points to 3.3, indicating a slight rise.
The index for employees was little changed at -3.5, the second month of slight employment declines. Eighteen percent of firms said they were increasing employment levels.
Firms were optimistic that conditions would be better in six months, with the index for future conditions rising 27 points to 56.5, its highest level in more than a decade.
Big picture: The Empire State index has climbed nearly 80 points over the past two months, as factory activity has stopped falling after the lock down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Analysts say the economic data going forward will be important to ascertain the shape of the U.S. economic recovery.
Market reaction: Futures tied to U.S. equity benchmarks point to a lower opening on Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
lost 5.55% last week and the S&P 500 index