FDI November 2021

Written by R.W.Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 12/5/21 Key Takeaway: The November seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) of 57.6 saw slight improvement, driven primarily by better seasonally adjusted selling momentum. The Forward-Looking Indicator (FLI) continued down the path of gradual moderation that the index has been on for the […]

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FDI October 2021

Written by R.W.Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 11/5/21 Key Takeaway: The October seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) improved m/m, rising to 56.1, despite continued supply chain disruption, reflecting slightly better selling momentum and employment levels. Commentary remains focused on very elevated freight costs, shipping congestion, and raw material/semi- conductor […]

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FDI September 2021

Written by R.W.Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 10/7/21 Key Takeaway: The September seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) retreated for a second consecutive month as supply chain constraints continued to wreak havoc, although the index remained in expansionary/growth territory at 54.2. Commentary continues to point to solid demand and results […]

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FDI July 2012

Written by R.W.Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 8/4/21 Key Takeaway: The July seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) of 59.6 improved vs. June, driven by slightly better selling conditions. Commentary continued to point to a supply-demand imbalance, along with labor shortages, accelerating pricing, and logistics backlogs. The Forward-Looking Indicator (FLI) […]

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FDI June 2021

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 7/7/21 Key Takeaway: The June seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) moderated slightly at 55.8, but remains solidly in expansionary territory. Driving the slight m/m contraction was a decline in both the sales and employment indexes. Respondent commentary focused on broad-based inflationary […]

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FDI May 2021

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 6/4/21 Key Takeaway: The seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) showed market conditions improved at an accelerating rate in May with a reading of 61.8, remaining above 50 and with strong m/m improvement. Respondent commentary focused on continued robust sales/order activity, however, […]

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FDI April 2021

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 5/5/21 Key Takeaway: The April seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) 58.7 showed market conditions cooled off from the frenetic pace seen in February and March as supply chain constraints inhibited growth. Respondent commentary indicates underlying demand remains strong but servicing all […]

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FDI February 2021

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 3/4/21 Key Takeaway: The seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) for February saw strong m/m improvement with a reading of 66.1. The sales index surged as two-thirds of respondents saw sales that were above seasonal expectations in a normally seasonally softer month. […]

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FDI January 2021

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA  2/4/21 Key Takeaway: The seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) for January came in at 57.7, moderating slightly from last month’s very strong December reading but still showing nice growth (well above a neutral 50 reading). The sales index saw sustained strength […]

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