A lot of manufacturers uncertainty can be blamed on the fiscal brinkmanship, rather than a deterioration in fundamentals, said Ryan Sweet , a senior economist at Moodys Analytics Inc. in West Chester , Pennsylvania, who projected the index would drop to 1. The improvement in new orders is reason for optimism. Stock futures were little changed, after a four-day rally took the Standard & Poors 500 Index to a three-week high, as investors weighed budget-talk developments. The contract on the S&P 500 maturing in December dropped less than 0.1 percent to 1,703 at 8:55 a.m. in New York. Survey Results Octobers estimates for the so-called Empire State index in the Bloomberg survey of 51 economists ranged from minus 2 to 10. The headline reading is a separate question rather than a compilation of subcomponents and is therefore sometimes considered a gauge of underlying sentiment. The measure of new orders increased in October to 7.8, the highest since March, from 2.4 the previous month. A gauge of shipments declined to 13.1 from a 16-month high of 16.4 in September. Factory managers said inventories were little changed this month after climbing in September for the first time in more than a year. Stronger orders and weaker inventories is not exactly a bad combination for the production outlook, Neil Dutta, head of U.S.
‘Humans of New York’ fascinate photographer Brandon Stanton
Brandon Stanton explores the ‘Humans of New York’ in his blog, which is being published as a book. Story Highlights His new book of photos grew from his blog He interviews his subjects throughout the city “Storytelling” as important as the photography SHARE 78 CONNECT 28 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE It’s a gloomy day in New York, not great for taking pictures, and photographer Brandon Stanton is at home in Brooklyn. But not for long. When it gets dark, he says, he’ll take out his camera he doesn’t use a flash and go looking for “pockets of light” or well-lit streets and see what he finds. The random anonymous people (and occasional dog) he snaps will join his voluminous collection, Humans of New York, an ongoing blog and now a book (St. Martin’s Press, on sale Tuesday). New York and its colorful populace have proved irresistible to Stanton, 29, who made his way to the city three years ago after losing his job as a bond trader in Chicago. He has photographed about 5,000 New Yorkers of every age, every ethnic background, in every imaginable outfit (and usually in broad daylight). What started as a hobby became a passion and a profession, after he nearly starved the first year, he admits. “New York has the biggest, most eclectic collection of people in the world,” says the affable Stanton, whose work found a distinctive edge when he began talking to his subjects. Brandon Stanton in his element, photographing the ”Humans of New York.’ (Photo: John Berube) His photos are accompanied by little stories. “It’s become much more of a storytelling blog than a photography blog,” says Stanton, who looks for people he can talk to, often sitting on benches, or walking alone. Conversations can last from 15 seconds to 10 minutes, but, he says, “When I hear my caption, I know it.” One day he shot an old man in a wheelchair his wild white hair and beard forming a pillowy halo around his intense face. The caption: “I look like God, don’t I”? Stanton takes his Canon EOS 5D Mark III out in the city every day, averaging about six portraits.
Robinson, who had a setback a few weeks ago, has again started to make progress, but he probably won’t play Monday night. –CB Terrell Thomas (knee) practiced on Monday. Thomas, who is on a managed practice schedule, should be able to work later in the week on a limited basis. –DE Damontre Moore (hamstring) was given a handful of snaps against the Bears last week, but none on defense. He will likely be active for Monday’s game against the Vikings. GAME PLAN: Although the Vikings have announced that Josh Freeman will be the starting quarterback on Monday night, the Giants defense will need to give everything they have to contain future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson, who is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, presents a nice challenge for a Giants run defense that has allowed opponents an average of 3.9 yards per carry. To ensure that Peterson doesn’t deflate their collective will, the defensive ends need to do a much better job at protecting the edges, which they didn’t always do last week against Matt Forte of the Bears. On the offensive side, things start with quarterback Eli Manning, who is averaging one interception per 15.2 pass attempts. According to Pro Football Focus, six of his league-leading 15 interceptions were intended for receiver Rueben Randle, the second-year receiver. With the Giants passing offense requiring numerous sight adjustments by both the receivers and quarterback, it might behoove the coaching staff to simplify things to help cut down on some of the guesswork that apparently isn’t falling into place for Manning or his receivers.