New York Fed Empire State Survey Rises to 23.2 In November
(Kitco News) - The New York region’s manufacturing sector is seeing strong momentum according to the latest data from the New York Federal Reserve.
Thursday the Empire State manufacturing survey’s general business conditions index rose to 23.3 this month, up from October’s reading of 21.1 from 22.6.
Consensus expectations compiled by various news organizations had been for a reading of around 20. The report was released at the same time as a stronger-than-forecast rise in U.S. retail sales.
“Business activity continued to grow at a solid clip in New York State, according to firms responding to the November,” the report said. “Looking ahead, firms remained fairly optimistic about the six-month outlook.”
Solid U.S. economic data is having little impact on gold prices as the market continue to hold its ground abovel critical psychological support at $1,200. December gold futures last traded at $1,212 an ounce, up 0.16% on the day.