The Jordan, Knauff & Company (JKC) Valve Stock Index was down 19.3 percent over the last 12 months, while the broader S&P 500 Index was up 1 percent. The JKC Pump Stock Index fell 15.2 percent for the same time period.1
The Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) registered 49.1 percent in August, a decrease of 2.1 percentage points from July, falling into contraction territory for the first time since 2016. The New Orders Index was 47.2 percent, a decrease of 3.6 percentage points, reaching the low set in 2012. The Production Index decreased 1.3 percentage points to 49.5 percent.
Survey respondents’ references to the trade war and tariffs were widespread across industries and remains a significant issue as indicated by the strong contraction in New Export Orders, which fell 4.8 percentage points to 43.3 percent. Of the 18 manufacturing industries surveyed, only nine reported growth in August.
U.S. industrial production slowed 0.2 percent in July although the prior month’s reading was revised upward by 0.2 percent. Manufacturing output fell 0.4 percent in July, the fifth monthly decline in the first seven months of the year. The trade war with China and the related slowdown in global growth have weighed on the sector.
U.S. petroleum and natural gas production increased by 16 percent and by 12 percent, respectively, in 2018, one of the largest absolute petroleum and natural gas production increases from a single country in history.
U.S. crude oil production increased by nearly 11 million barrels per day, with production in the Permian region of western Texas and eastern New Mexico contributing most of the growth.
U.S. natural gas production increased to 28.5 billion cubic feet per day, reaching a new record high for the second year in a row. Ongoing growth in liquefied natural gas export capacity and the expanded ability to reach new markets supported increases in this production.
Due to increasing global demand, Russia’s crude oil and natural gas production also reached record levels in 2018. Russia exports most of the crude oil that it produces to European countries and to China. Russia’s natural gas production increased by 7 percent in 2018, which exceeded its growth in exports.
Saudi Arabia’s annual average crude oil production increased slightly in 2018, but it remained lower than its crude oil output record high in 2016.
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 Index and the NASDAQ Composite lost 1.7 percent, 1.8 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively, in August.
The intensifying trade conflict between the U.S. and China was a concern for equity market investors as China announced import duties on U.S. agricultural products.
1. The S&P Return figures are provided by Capital IQ.
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