The July manufacturing ISM report surged to its highest level since August 2008 at 48.9 versus 44.8 from June. The employment index rose sharply to 45.6 compared with 40.7 in the previous month.
The key highlights for foreign exchange traders this week will be a barrage of US economic reports, including personal consumption, personal income, pending home sales, durable goods orders and Friday’s key July labor report. The July unemployment rate is expected to climb higher to 9.7% from 9.5% in June. The non-farm payrolls report is seen improving sharply to post a loss of 340k jobs versus 467k jobs shed in June.