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ISM Index of U.S. Manufacturing Increases

U.S. manufacturing expanded in November at the fastest pace in five months, buttressing other reports this week that signal the economy is picking up as 2011 comes to an end. The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index increased to 52.7

Baltic Dry Index Drops Again As Steel Prices Rise

The Baltic Dry Index is down for a third straight session, declining 25 points to 2,145, according to a recent Bloomberg article. The index, long analyzed as an indicator of global economic growth and production, has undergone a rather steady