The factory orders report is split up into four sections:
- New orders - indicating whether orders are growing or slowing
- Unfilled orders - indicating a backlog in production
- Shipments - indicating current sales
- Inventories - indicating strength of current and future production
Because the performance of the economy has a large effect on the performance of the investment markets, it is important for investors to monitor indicators such as the Factory Orders to provide insight into growth trends.
As with other indicators that monitor manufacturing and production, equity markets will be positively affected when the factory orders reports an increase in production. Also the factory orders reports gives more detailed information than the durable goods orders report.
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