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Michael Guckes Chief Economist & Director of Analytics

Michael has nearly 20 years of experience in forecasting and modeling using advanced statistical techniques. He has successfully applied his expertise at multi-billion dollar companies in the construction, banking and insurance fields. Michael received his BA in Economics and Political Science from Kenyon College and his MBA from The Ohio State University.

Moldmaking Index Registers Strongest Expansion Since Second Quarter of 2019

By: Michael Guckes

The Moldmaking Index jumped nearly five points in September, driven by surging new orders.
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Moldmaking Index Registers Second Straight Month of Modest Expansion

By: Michael Guckes

Strong expansion in production and quickening supplier deliveries hint at a rebound.
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Moldmaking Breaks Out of Prolonged Contraction for First Month Since COVID-19

By: Michael Guckes

July Index reading exceeds 50 on expanding new orders.
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Moldmaking Industry May Have Found its Post-COVID Floor

By: Michael Guckes

The MoldMaking Index points to the expansion of new orders for the first time since COVID-19 shook the economy in March.  
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Moldmaking Index Advances as Components Move Towards ‘Normal’ Levels

By: Michael Guckes

The Moldmaking Index signals decelerating contraction as all components report improved readings.
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Moldmaking Index Registers April Collapse in Business Activity

By: Michael Guckes

Survey respondents report collapse in new orders, driving the Moldmaking Index down 13 points for April 2020.
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Moldmaking Industry Scrambles to Repurpose and Focus on the Battle Against COVID-19

By: Michael Guckes

The Moldmaking Index adjusts as the world economy pauses to address COVID-19.
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Moldmaking Index Falls on Export and Backlog Contraction

By: Michael Guckes

Volatile shifts in the Moldmaking Index components may be a sign of more to come.
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Moldmaking Business Activity Generally Unchanged for Second Month

By: Michael Guckes

January’s moldmaking index reading being so near to 50 indicates that business activity was little changed for a second consecutive month.
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Encouraging GBI Implies Expanding Domestic Demand

By: Michael Guckes

January’s GBI reading ends a five-month trend of accelerating contraction in manufacturing, representing the highest Index reading since June of 2019.

Moldmaking Index Contraction Nearly Stops in December

By: Michael Guckes

The Moldmaking Index closed out 2019 slightly below a reading of 50. 
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Moldmaking Index Reports A Sharp Acceleration in Contracting Business Activity

By: Michael Guckes

The Gardner Business Index (GBI): Moldmaking reported a sharp acceleration in contracting business activity as the Index fell over 3-points to 44.9.
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