Positive Momentum Heading into the New Year

November was an exciting month.  The Dow surged past record highs following the election even though the strong dollar is still impacting corporate profitability.  US manufacturing shrugged off uncertainties with a stronger than expected results.  The ISM manufacturing index rose from October’s 51.9% to 53.2% in November which is higher than their 52.3% estimate.  The Commerce Department reported that from July 2016 through September 2016 the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.2% which is the fastest rate in two years.  The US unemployment rate is still at 4.9% which is close to what economists consider full employment, and US employers have been adding 181,000 jobs a month so far this year, which is solid but down from 229,000 a month in 2015.  There are still a lot of uncertainties ahead of us in 2017, but 2016 is ending on a high note.


Bruce Peacock
Vice President of Business Development
The Richmond Group USA