Previous : 0.3%
Forecast : -0.3%

Definition :
The Industrial Production Index provides the measure of changes in output from all industrial sectors that include manufacturing, mining, and utilities. The report released on a monthly basis in the United States by the Board of Governors on prior month's data.

Figures are reported as a percentage change for the previous month and annual figures, based on raw volume of goods by factories. Along side the Capacity Utilization Index in released which is calculated by using the Industrial Production and various industries capacity to calculate the final utilization ratio for each line of production; the figure is thoroughly watched as it is the gauge on inflationary pressure and the solid base of evolving before rapidly reaching final households.

Though the base year and upper band for the Capacity Utilization in 100% yet ranging 82-85% is considered inflationary and below 80% is looked at as free capacity and slacking in the economy which is normally correlated to the business cycle of rapid expansion, moderation, or even a slowdown.

Why is it useful?
The index of industrial production shows how much factories, mines and utilities are producing accounting for a slight percent of the GDP but is a representation of the levels of expansion in the economy, for it can be a comparative measure to weigh which is growing on a higher pace whether is capital goods or consumption assets. As it accounts for the heavy part of production in the economy, therefore it is watched regularly by various parties in hopes of determining how correlated industries in the economy will likely be performing in that given period in order to act accordingly. In addition to the preview to the production levels provide the capacity utilization levels provide a very clear indicator to inflation levels and threats that is why it is important for markets to notice for any future monetary policy action that might take place.

As this indicator is the measure of how strong, steady, and fast is the pace of growth growing, then a stronger higher reading is positively coherent with the currency as well as the stocks for the enhancement of corporate income, where the opposite is applicable in both scenarios as well. Worth mentioning a higher reading in the capacity utilization indicates that corporations are using their assets to the fullest as that provides a positive reflection on the stocks, for the level of productivity is improved when exploiting all available assets in that process and in its turn provides increased returns for the corporations.