Michael Guckes

Michael Guckes Chief Economist & Director of Analytics

Machining Index Surprises with Strong First Quarter Expansion

By: Michael Guckes

The Gardner Business Index: Precision Machining registered 53.9 during March, bringing the first-quarter average reading to 54.8.
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Index Expansion is Slightly Below Average Expansionary Rate

By: Michael Guckes

February expansion rate is just shy of average 2017-2018 business cycle expansion rate.
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Index Rebounds on Production and New Orders

By: Michael Guckes

January mirrors the growth rate during the peak of the 2017-2018 business cycle.
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PMI Decelerates During Final Weeks of 2018

By: Michael Guckes

Multiple components report contracting values at the close of the year.
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VIDEO: Automotive Industry Update and Outlook

By: Michael Guckes

Gardner Intelligence's Chief Economist Michael Guckes discusses the impact that recent events such as the tariffs and rising interest rate are having on the automotive industry in this video.

Business Index Growth Slows on New Orders and Backlogs

By: Michael Guckes

Dynamics between new orders, supplier delivery and production see backlogs contract.

Supply Chain Mastery is Critical in 2019

By: Michael Guckes

In the near term, manufacturers who develop a mastery understanding of their supply chains—which in many cases have and will continue to be shocked by regulatory changes—may be able to convert this into a competitive advantage, and thus an opportunity to capture new business.
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Business Index Extends Expansion Post Tariffs

By: Michael Guckes

October’s Index Fortified by Supplier Deliveries, Production and New Orders
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Homeowners Driving Appliance Market More than Home Buyers

By: Michael Guckes

The limited construction of new homes may tamp demand for appliances going into new homes, but these same conditions may entice current homeowners to upgrade their appliances and home furnishings.

Business Index Retains Gains of Prior Month

By: Michael Guckes

Index sustains expansion achieved in August’s turnaround.

Index Sees Sharp Course Correction

By: Michael Guckes

The Gardner Business Index (GBI): Precision Machining reversed course, moving higher and breaking its year-to-date trend of slowing growth. 

VIDEO: Insights into Health of the Medical Industry

By: Michael Guckes

Using Gardner's three-lens approach, Chief Economist Michael Guckes has been able to provide insights into the health of the medical industry for manufacturers serving it.