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Global PMI reads
Japan's manufacturing PMI was revised slightly higher to 47.7 form 47.6, however this still remains at a 41-month low making it by far the weakest read of today's data set.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released manufacturing and non-manufacturing (services) PMI's shortly before the Caixin read on manufacturing.
NBS manufacturing remained at a steady, yet low rate of expansion of 50.1 vs 50 expected. A cross below 50 denotes industry contraction, so hardly a compelling result. However, the table below taken from the PMI report shows business optimism and a number of sub-indices expanding. Whether this will filter through to the headline figure in the coming reads will be divulged but, if the Caixin read and overall trend of NBS and Caixin is combined, out guess it a cross below 50 is inevitable.
|NBS MANUFACTURING - MAY 2016|
|New Export Orders||Expanding|
|Purchase of Inputs||Expanding|
|Stocks of unfinished goods||Contracting|
|Backlog of orders||Contracting|
|Stocks and Major Inputs||Contracting|