NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The major indices traded near flat by noon Monday as traders struggled with whether to trust manufacturing data from the Institute For Supply Management. But the StockTwits.com heat map showed sentiment on the biotech sector was solidly in the green.
The Institute of Supply Management corrected a report, released this morning, indicating that manufacturing growth had significantly slowed in May from the prior month. Instead, manufacturing growth actually accelerated.
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ISM said that its manufacturing index climbed to 56.0 from April 54.9. That data topped economists' expectations for the index to hit 55.8, according to MarketWatch. At 10a.m., ISM said that its manufacturing index fell to 53.2. However, it later said that incorrect seasonal adjustments had been applied to the data, leading to a falsely lower result.
ISM's new data fell more in line with earlier numbers from MarkIt. The firm's purchasing managers index climbed to 56.4 in May from 55.4 in April.
Some investors said the manufacturing data never indicated as much about the economy as people hoped. They turned to biotech in hopes that companies' extensive trial results would prove more trustworthy than national manufacturing surveys.