US DATA: Strategas Research hired Norbert Ore, formerly of ISM, who
has created SLIM, “Strategas’ Leading Indicator of Manufacturing”
covering 30 large mfg concerns. Text says “At 62.5, SLIM’s New Orders
component indicates that the pace of manufacturing activity has
accelerated in January when compared to December… The Supplier
Deliveries Index with a reading of 50 percent was less optimistic by
comparison and signals no change in demand.” The SLIM data was
collected late last week and represents January data.