Leading U.S. Economic Indicators Fall 0.1 Percent in April

The Conference Board announced today that the U.S. leading index decreased 0.1 percent, the coincident index increased 0.2 percent and the lagging index increased 0.3 percent in April.

Three of the ten indicators that make up the leading index increased in April. The positive contributors were vendor performance, stock prices, and interest rate spread. The negative contributors were building permits, manufacturers' new orders for non-defense capital goods, index of consumer expectations, average weekly initial claims for unemployment insurance (inverted), real money supply, and manufacturers' new orders for consumer goods and materials. The average weekly manufacturing hours held steady in April.  

The leading index now stands at 138.9 (1996=100)
The index was revised to an increase of 0.4 percent in March and decreased 0.4 percent in February.
During the last six months through April, the leading index increased 1.5 percent, with eight out of ten components advancing 
The coincident index increased 0.2 percent in both March and February.
The lagging index increased 0.1 percent in March and remained unchanged in February.


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