Business conditions in the New York area deteriorated in November, as the New York Fed's Empire State manufacturing survey plummeted 27 points to -11.1, driven by a sharp drop in new orders. The release was far worse than economist expectations for a +15 reading and marks the first negative reading since July 2009. The shipments index also fell below zero.
A reader points out that while the current index dropped, the outlook was quite positive.
Source: NY Fed