The US is an undisputed superpower and occupies centre stage in most international diplomacy. It is the world's largest economy, with an impressive record of entrepreneurial dynamism and innovation, as well as high research and development spending. Despite some threats to its reserve status, the US dollar is treated as an international currency, meaning investors around the world are prepared to hold US debt. For this reason, the US is uniquely able to run large fiscal and current account deficits.

We keep our clients informed of the latest market moves and political developments in the US, as part of our 'top-down' and 'bottom-up' perspective. Clients also benefit from in-depth analysis on 22 of the US’ most important industries. We provide interactive data and forecasting alongside detailed and risk-assessed analysis from our results-proven research teams. Our aim is to keep you ahead of the game, so you can operate with confidence in the US.

Country Risk

United States Country Risk

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Core Views

  • The US economy is set to grow at a rate below its historical trend in 2016, as a strengthening labour market, which will support private consumption, is offset by export and manufacturing headwinds. We forecast real GDP growth of 2.2% in 2016, compared to 2.4% in 2015.

  • The fiscal deficit will widen beginning in 2016, as Congress relaxes spending constraints put in place since 2011, rising interest rates increase...

United States Industry Coverage (29)

Agribusiness

United States Agribusiness

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BMI View: Corn and soybean production will decline year-on-year in the upcoming 2016/17 season, yet will still count among the largest crops in US agricultural history. Livestock will see some mild improvement in production growth in 2015/16, mainly owing to the poultry and beef sectors. Over the long term, the poultry sub-sector will remain the outperformer in the livestock complex and we see the strongest production growth potential for soybean among the grains complex. We believe grains production will stagnate overall due to a lower planted area on the back...

Autos

United States Autos

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BMI View: Light vehicle sales growth will slow to 2.0% in 2016, with the light truck segment continuing its outperformance.

Passenger Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Sales
(2013-2019)
f = BMI forecast. Source: US Dept of Transport, BMI

Key Views

  • Continuation of low oil prices in 2016 will see the light truck segment continue its outperformance

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Commercial Banking

United States Commercial Banking

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Commercial Banking Sector Indicators
February 2015, USDbn 15,254.8 11,033.2 663.4 3,558.2 15,254.8 1,640.5 10,629.3 2,985.1
Source: BMI; Central banks; Regulators
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Consumer Electronics

United States Consumer Electronics

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BMI View : We continue to maintain a positive outlook for the US consumer electronics market in our Q216 report update. We believe that the US consumer electronics market will remain the global leader in terms of market size and adoption of latest technologies over the course of 2016 to 2020. 2016 will see the overall market size expand by 2%, with the market reaching an estimated total value of USD320.1bn. We forecast a consumer electronics market 2016-2020 CAGR of 1.6%, with total spending reaching USD340.1bn by end of 2020. High device penetration rates,...

Defence & Security

United States Defence & Security

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BMI View: The United Stated defence military complex is the biggest in the world. United States military expenditure is the highest in the world, driven the by government commitment to various peace keeping missions and large number of armed force deployments, in addition to a sizeable domestic terrorism threat. We believe that the United States defence budget will increase and be re- oriented to take account of the threat posed by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and to address a diverse range of international commitments.

United States faces a complex security scenario: ISIL is posing a major security risk in the Middle East to the United States and its allies. United States also sees necessary to maintain military presence in Afghanistan until at least December 2015. These...

Food & Drink

United States Food & Drink

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BMI View: We hold a favourable outlook for the US consumer over the next five years, with private consumption growth outperforming most developed markets. This will create premiumisation opportunities in the food and drink sector. Nonetheless, shifts in consumer preferences will continue to pose significant challenges for legacy food and drink manufacturers, as consumers turn away from categories such as commercial beer, carbonated soft drinks and prepared meals.

Headline Industry Forecasts (local currency):

  • 2015 per capita food consumption = +2.1%; five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to 2019 = +4.1%.

  • 2015 alcoholic drinks value sales = +2.0%; CAGR to 2019 = +3.3%.

  • 2015 soft drink value sales = +1.4%; CAGR to 2019 = +1.7%.

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Freight Transport

United States Freight Transport

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BMI View: We maintain our positive outlook for healthy growth rates across the US freight sector over the short and medium term, with road set to be the outperformer in 2015. Key factors underlining our freight forecasts include the lower oil prices that will reduce fuel costs across the mix, while positive economic growth outlook will heighten consumer demand.

Continued gains in the labour market and high consumer confidence will see private consumption in the US pick up in the coming quarters, boosting headline growth. We forecast real GDP growth of 2.5% in 2015, increasing slightly to 2.6% in 2016. Moreover, growth will average around 2.5% over the next 10 years, a significant improvement from the 1.6% average seen over the past decade. Lower fuel costs will also be beneficial to household consumption. These factors will result in steady growth for all freight modes over the coming year....

Information Technology

United States Information Technology

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BMI View: We continue to hold a positive outlook for the US IT market in our Q2 2016 report update. We forecast strong growth in the overall IT market value in 2016, with the market estimated to grow by 4.4% to reach a total value of USD707.3bn. As such, we believe that the US IT market will be a strong performer when compared with other developed markets over the medium term, posting a 2016-2020 CAGR of 4.1% with total spending anticipated to exceed USD828.53bn by end of 2020. Strong macroeconomic fundamentals and greater interest from enterprises in the latest products and solutions are primary drivers of growth. We have a particularly bullish outlook for the domestic cloud computing, real-time enterprise software, security and big data...

Infrastructure

United States Infrastructure

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BMI View: The US construction sector will begin to slow in 2016 as the housing market starts to normalise following a steep recovery over recent years. While infrastructure industry value will sustain its recovery it will not be enough to offset a slowdown.

The US construction industry will begin to slow in 2016, but still post a strong growth rate, as the residential construction market continues to boom. We forecast a headline growth rate of 2.3% for 2016, down from an estimate 4.5% in 2015. We expect this slowdown to continue, with the industry to average only 1.2% over our 10-year forecast period...

Insurance

United States Insurance

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BMI View: The large and well-established insurance market in the US is set to benefit from a positive domestic economy environment, as the US economy is bolstered by lower oil prices, a tightening labour market and improving investor sentiment, although rising external headwinds will see that growth remains relatively subdued. Both the life and non-life insurance sectors are very well-developed in the US where a large number of firms are active in the market with one of the broadest product offerings available globally. Premiums written in both sectors are forecast to increase steadily throughout the forecast period, though faster expansion in the life sector will see it gain some market share from the larger non-life insurance sector by the end of the current forecast period in 2019.

Headline Insurance Forecasts (United States...

Medical Devices

United States Medical Devices

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BMI View : The US market, the world's largest, will see steady growth over the next five years, outstripping most other developed markets. Demand will be driven by strong economic growth, favourable demographics, the rising prevalence of chronic diseases, the previously uninsured population gaining access to healthcare services and the market's appetite for technologies that improve cost-effectiveness.

Projected Medical Device Market, 2014-2019
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Metals

United States Metals

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BMI View: Tin prices will be capped by US dollar strength in 2016, leading us to trim our price forecast to USD14,500/tonne. Beyond 2016, prices will recover gradually as the global tin market posts sustained market deficits and inventories dwindle.

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Global - Tin Supply, Demand & Price Forecasts
2014 2015e 2016f 2017f

United States Metals

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BMI view: We will maintain our aluminium price forecast for 2016 at USD1,575/tonne. Although prices will bottom in H116, production will outstrip consumption until 2018 and anchor prices. In particular, cheap Chinese exports will keep the market well supplied.

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Global - Aluminium Supply, Demand & Price Forecasts
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United States Metals

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BMI View: Nickel prices will bottom in 2016 as weak production drags the global market into deficit. For instance, we expect Chinese imports of nickel to grow over the coming quarters. Prices will begin 2016 weaker than we had previously expected and we have thus revised down our 2016 average price forecast to USD9,000/tonne from USD10,500/tonne.

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Global Nickel Forecasts
2013 2014 2015e

United States Metals

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BMI View: We have revised down our average copper price forecast for 2016 to USD4,900/tonne. We expect prices to find a floor over the first half of 2016, and begin to stabilise thereafter, supported by production cuts and modest consumption growth.

Global - Copper Supply, Demand & Price Forecasts
2014 2015e 2016f 2017f 2018f ...

United States Metals

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BMI View: Gold prices will prove resilient in 2016 due to a dovish shift in global monetary policy and elevated systemic financial sector risks. However, we do not foresee a sustained multi-year recovery and the mining sector will thus remain under significant stress. We forecast slowing mine production growth and increasing consolidation.

BMI Gold Forecasts
2014 2015 2016f 2017f ...

United States Metals

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BMI View: Global steel prices will remain subdued due to a persistent steel oversupply over the coming quarters. From 2017 onwards, steel prices will gradually edge higher as the global steel surplus will narrow due to Chinese supply moderation.

Steel Price Forecast
2014 2015 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f...

United States Metals

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BMI View: We maintain our average zinc price forecast for 2016 of USD1,750/tonne. We expect zinc prices to reach a floor over the first half of 2016, and begin to stabilise thereafter, as production cuts shift the market to a deficit.

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Global - Zinc Supply, Demand & Price Forecasts
2014 2015e 2016f 2017f 2018f

United States Metals

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BMI View: Lead prices will gradually edge higher as the global lead market will shift into deficit by 2017 as production growth will slow over the coming years.

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BMI Lead Price Forecast
Current* 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f 2020f

Mining

United States Mining

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BMI View: The United States' mining sector will experience production declines in the coal, copper and lead industries due to structurally lower commodity prices and elevated operating costs in 2016. The country's gold industry will experience slight production growth; however, low gold prices will curb growth.

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United States Mining Industry Value Forecast (2014-2020)
2014e 2015e 2016f

Oil & Gas

United States Oil & Gas

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BMI View: The US will continue to lead gains in non-OPEC crude oil production over the next decade despite the fall in oil prices. High growth rates seen in recent years will moderate through our 10-year forecast period, reflecting abrupt depletion rates in shale oil fields, a glut in the domestic market for light sweet crude, and lower oil prices dampening some production. Consumption of fuels will be largely stagnant throughout the course of the next decade as energy efficiency gains take...

Petrochemicals

United States Petrochemicals

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The US petrochemicals market was expected to see some tightening in H116 amid plant turnarounds, but overall the year will see a softening of prices amid slower end-market growth and rising output. As a result, US petrochemicals margins are set to decline, undermining profitability and potentially prompting delays in expansion projects.

In 2016, the US petrochemicals industry is likely to witness more downside risk. The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) three-month moving average (3MMA), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), slipped 0.1% in February following flat performance in January and two months of revised gains in November and December 2015. However, the level in February was still up 1.5% y-o-y. In February, production-related indicators were mixed, reflecting some improvement in plastic resins used in packaging, as well as a downturn in certain performance chemistries related to the oil and gas...

Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

United States Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

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BMI View: The US pharmaceutical market will continue to display robust growth over the medium term despite efforts from the public and private sectors to reduce drug spending. Many newly launched patented drugs that have clear efficacy and safety benefits are able to command premium prices from payers. This external validation provides buoyancy to the industry, which has been recently accused of price gouging.

Headline Expenditure Projections

  • Pharmaceuticals: USD309.9bn in 2014 to USD326.9bn in 2015; +5.5% growth. Historic market size revised downwards significantly since Q315 due to adoption of new data source...

Power

United States Power

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BMI View: We maintain natural gas-fired power and renewable energy will be the fastest growing sectors within the US electricity market, attracting increasing investment - together with power transmission and distribution infrastructure. This will be the result of supportive regulations for renewables and the continued availability of cheap natural gas, which will depress wholesale power prices and squeeze the profits of merchant nuclear power plants.

Latest Updates And Structural Trends

  • With BMI's Oil & Gas team forecasting Henry Hub natural gas prices to remain below H1 2014 levels through to 2024, we believe the continued availability of cheap natural gas will be the main driver of developments in the US power market over the coming decade. In particular, low fuel prices will be the primary cause of...

Real Estate

United States Real Estate

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BMI View: A budding business environment, low inflationary policy and loose borrowing conditions contribute to a positive outlook on US commercial real estate. Recent financial troubles in China, resulting in a stock market sell-off, influenced uneasy consumer confidence and stagnant job creation over the last quarters of 2015, which look to cause slight headwinds to the sector. Although overall, good financial availability and growing demand should buoyant rental rates in the long term.

The US economy currently sits in good health and by many measures looks in the best shape since the great recession, this is primarily supported by lower oil prices stable labour market and growing business sentiment. Although, recent devaluation in the Chinese stock market, resulting in a significant slowdown in growth for the Asian economy, and appreciation in the...

Renewables

United States Renewables

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Renewables Headline Forecasts (United States 2015-2021)
2015 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f 2020f 2021f
e/f = BMI estimate/forecast. Source: EIA, National Sources, BMI...

Retail

United States Retail

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BMI View: The US retail sector is continuing its revival, as the economic recovery is centred around consumption. Lower oil prices, low inflation, tightening labour market and low interest rates are all fuelling household spending. Growth is coming from online sales in particular, as e-commerce continues its explosive trajectory. While interest rates are set to rise, this will be a gradual process. We therefore expect these trends to continue to play out, with opportunities across the wide retail sector spectrum.

Headline Household Spending
(2014-2020)
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Telecommunications

United States Telecommunications

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BMI View: The strong mobile market competition introduced by T-Mobile led to the cannibalisation of its competitors' customer bases, rather than contributing to further expansion in the number of basic phone users. Meanwhile, underlying market growth has come from connected devices, with the proliferation of smart homes and connected cars just the start of that particular market. In the wireline services sector, voice and TV continue to be under pressure, with the main growth driver being broadband and, especially, fibre broadband, underpinned by growing demand for heavy-data services. Regulatory decisions, such as the FCC changing its broadband definition to start at 25Mbps and the development of the Connected America Fund, will also drive broadband market growth, as operators look to offer higher speeds to customers.

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Tourism

United States Tourism

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BMI View: Tourist arrivals will grow by 2.6% in 2016, with growth set to continue to 2020 as a result of growing arrivals from markets such as Latin America, and a robust domestic tourism market. This will have positive implications for the accommodation sector, with major hotel groups continuing to expand their presence in the country.

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Key Forecasts (United States 2013-2020)
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