New data from a recent S&P survey reveals that the U.S. economy experienced its slowest pace of growth in July, marking a five-month low. The S&P Flash U.S. services-sector index declined to 52.4 from the previous month's reading of 54.4, reflecting the weakest performance since March. On the other hand, the S&P U.S. manufacturing sector index saw a modest improvement, rising to 49.0 from 46.3.
As the largest contributor to the U.S. economy, the service sector plays a vital role in driving growth. High-tech, health care, finance, and hospitality are among the key sectors that employ the majority of Americans. However, recent indicators suggest that the service sector may be losing some momentum.
In contrast, manufacturers continue to face significant challenges, both domestically and globally. With consumer spending shifting towards services, manufacturers are experiencing even greater difficulties in Europe and other regions.
Despite the concerning economic data, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and S&P 500 (SPX) displayed resilience in Monday's trading session, with both indices showing modest gains.