Stock markets in the United States fluctuated today after the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) corrected the manufacturing index for May two times.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the S&P 500 ended the trading session with 0.16% and 0.07% gains, respectively. On the other hand, the NASDAQ declined 0.13%.

The ISM originally reported that the manufacturing index for May declined from 54.9% to 53.2%. It first corrected its reading to 56% and then changed it again to 55.4%.  Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast an increase to 55.5%.

The institute corrected its reading after discovering an error in the software program it used to calculate the manufacturing PMI last month. In a statement, Bradley J. Holcomb, chairman of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, said, “We apologize for this error. We have recalculated and confirmed that the actual index indicates that the economy is accelerating. Our research team is analyzing our internal processes to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.”

Stephen Carl, principal and head equity trader at Williams Capital Group LP, told Bloomberg, “The correction improved market direction modestly. Going forward, you’re looking for expected improvement in the ISM number, so maybe this just adds to it. Overall, it wasn’t a big, meaningful change, but there was certainly a reaction in the market.”

U.S. Markets

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)- 16,743.63 (+0.16%)
  • S&P 500- 1,924.97 (+0.07 %)
  • NASDAQ- 4,237.20 (-0.13%)
  • Russell 2000- 1,129.32 (-0.46%)

European Markets

  • EURO STOXX 50 Price EUR- 3,247.80 (+0.10%)
  • FTSE 100 Index- 6,864.10 (+0.29%)
  • Deutsche Borse AG German Stock Index DAX- 9,950.12 (+0.07%)

Asia-Pacific Markets

  • Nikkei 225- 14,935.92 (-0.00%)
  • Hong Kong Hang Seng Index- 23,081.65 (+0.31%)
  • Shanghai Shenzhen CSI 300 Index- 2,156.46 (+0.06%)

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