Statistics (latest release)

Measures Percentage of available resources being utilized by manufacturers, builders, mines, oil extractors, and utilities;

Usual Effect Actual > Forecast = Good for currency;

Frequency Released quarterly, about 75 days after the quarter ends;

Why Traders Care It’s a leading indicator of consumer inflation – when producers are nearing full capacity they respond by raising prices, and the higher costs are usually passed on to the consumer;

Also Called Industrial Capacity Utilization Rate;