Scoreboard: US non-believers

Wall Street was mixed and European stocks flat despite strong US data, while lower local rates may have little stimulatory effect.

Not even a decent acceleration in the services sector could lift markets last night. And it was a great report – the non-manufacturing ISM index, which represents about 80 per cent or so of the US economy, surged to 56 in July from 52.2. Production surged 9 points, new orders were up nearly 7 points although employment dipped 1.5 points. A great report though, and one which complements other indicators showing a very strong turnaround in activity in the second half.

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