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Economic Data (USA)

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Leading Economic Indicators for June, 2006

The Conference Board report on the nation's Leading Economic Indicators for June, 2006 was released this morning:

Consensus: +0.2 %
Actual: +0.1%

The above numbers represent the month-to-month change for the nation's leading economic indicators. The "consensus" is what economists and Wall Street forecasters were expecting, while the "actual" is the actual or real figure.

The Leading Economic Indicators Index is a composite of 10 of the nation's economic data releases that's put together by The Conference Board. Statistically, the components listed below have shown a significant increase or decrease before national economic upturns or downturns, respectively:

  1. The Money Supply (M2)
  2. The Standard + Poor's 500 Index
  3. The interest rate spread between 10-year Treasury Bonds and Fed Funds Target Rate
  4. Manufacturer's new orders for consumer goods or materials
  5. Manufacturer's new orders for non-defense capital goods
  6. Average weekly claims for unemployment insurance
  7. Average weekly manufacturing hours
  8. The Index of Consumer Expectations
  9. Vendor performance
  10. Building permits for new private housing


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