Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index

Measures the general business conditions of manufacturers in the Philadelphia Federal Reserve district. The index is derived from a survey that asks respondents to rate the level of general business activity as 'decrease', 'increase', or 'no change'.

A rising trend has a positive effect on the nation's currency because good manufacturing conditions are a sign of a strong economy. Although this survey is limited to manufacturers in Philadelphia only, traders pay close attention because the Philadelphia Federal Reserve releases it weeks before other major reports on manufacturing (e.g., Industrial Production, ISM Manufacturing Index).