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Economists missed the mark badly this month expecting a 0.4% rise in durable goods orders.

Instead, orders plunged 1.2% fueled by a 18.6% decline in aircraft orders, the most volatile component in the Census Bureau advance report on Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories and Orders for October.

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In yet another hurricane artifact, automobile new orders rose 1.7%. In October, automobile new orders were 23.5% of all new orders.

The automotive segment will not keep humming for more than another month or two.

Shipments, which are a direct feed into GDP rose only 0.1% for the month.

It's easy enough to portray this report as being weak or strong, whatever your liking.

It's even easier to call it grossly distorted by volatile aircraft changes on top of an obvious hurricane impact in autos.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock