Japan’s services PMI in September
This movement was the 12th consecutive month of expansion in service activity. A level above 50 indicates expansion in activity while a level below 50 indicates a contraction in activity. However, the September services PMI was the lowest reading since October 2016.
The services PMI has been showing a gradual decline since July 2017. The weaker improvement in the September services PMI was mostly due to the weaker improvement in export and new orders.
Production output fell in September as new orders didn’t show a significant rise. However, job growth remained strong in that month. The overall domestic demand and overseas (VT)(ACWI)(VTI) demand in the service sector slowed in the economy.
Performance of ETFs
Japan’s economy has shown a strong recovery in the past few months. The improving consumer confidence in Japan is strengthening investors’ optimism in the economy.
The rising consumer demand is also expected to boost the earnings of various businesses. However, the rising geopolitical risk that arose from North Korea is affecting the movement of the yen and the country’s exports.
In the next part of this series, we’ll analyze the performance of the ADP employment report for September 2017.