Investing.com - Manufacturing activity in the U.S. contracted at the fastest pace since July 2009 in December, dampening optimism over the strength of the economy and adding to uncertainty as to how fast the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next year, industry data showed on Monday.
In a report, the Institute for Supply Management said its index of purchasing managers fell to 48.2 last month from a reading of 48.6 in November. Analysts had expected the manufacturing PMI to inch up to 49.0 in December.
The New Orders Index registered 49.2, an increase of 0.3 points from the reading of 48.9 in November. The Production Index registered 49.8, 0.6 points higher than the November reading of 49.2.
On the index, a reading above 50.0 indicates industry expansion, below indicates contraction.
The US dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, was at 98.77, compared to 98.83 ahead of the report.
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