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Assessing the disappointing Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data released by the Institue for Supply Management (ISM) on Tuesday, “The drop in the headline ISM manufacturing index is a huge surprise. It is has fallen to a 10-year low of 47.8, leaving the index well below the 50 breakeven level,” noted ING analysts.

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“In fact, it was below every single forecast in the market with the production, export orders and employment components looking particularly weak. These figures suggest that further output declines are likely and point to downside risks for Friday’s US jobs report.”

“Given the worries over trade tensions, the weakening global growth story and the strength of the dollar, which is hurting the relative competitiveness, we don’t expect to see a rebound in the performance of the manufacturing sector anytime soon. For now, the consumer sector continues to perform well, but with Friday’s payrolls report expected to offer further evidence of a slowdown in employment growth and some signs of cracks forming in sentiment surveys, this may not last for long.”

“We think the Fed will provide further “insurance” interest rate cuts to try to limit the slowdown in overall growth. We look for a December rate cut with another 25 basis point move in 1Q20.”