Industrial Production Surges Due To Cold Weather Boost For Utility Demand

Stocks are un-surging on the “good” news in the headline beats for Industrial Production (biggest jump and biggest beat in 13 months) and Capacity Utilization (best since June 08). However, as is always the case, the underlying data hides some less than positive signs. The bulk of the gains in production were from Utilities (+3.9%) as colder-than-expected temperatures boosted demand (the same temps that retailers are crying about). Manufacturing output remains 3.6% below its pre-recession peak (though gains were broad-based).


Note the last spike of this magnitude was around the time of Sandy – and was entirely unsustainable…



Charts: Bloomberg


via Zero Hedge Tyler Durden

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