The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. Increased in February

NEW YORK, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.5 percent in February to 99.8 (2004 = 100), following a 0.1 percent increase in January, and a 0.1 percent decline in December.

"The U.S. LEI increased sharply in February, suggesting that any weather-related volatility will be short lived and the economy should continue to improve into the second half of the year," said Ataman Ozyildirim, Economist at The Conference Board. "The strengths and weaknesses in the LEI were balanced in February, with large increases in housing permits and the interest rate spread more than offsetting decreases in the workweek in manufacturing, consumer expectations and rising initial claims for unemployment insurance."

"While the CEI shows the pace of economic activity remained slow at the start of 2014, the trend in the LEI remains quite positive," said Ken Goldstein, Economist at The Conference Board. "The biggest challenge continues to be weak consumer demand, pinned down by weak wage growth. These conditions were still in evidence the first two months of the year, but will likely improve as spring arrives."

The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for the U.S. increased 0.2 percent in February to 108.2 (2004 = 100), following a 0.1 percent increase in January, and no change in December.

The Conference Board Lagging Economic Index® (LAG) for the U.S. increased 0.3 in February to 122.1 (2004 = 100), following a 0.5 percent increase in January, and a 0.4 percent increase in December.

Summary Table of Composite Economic Indexes



2013


2014


6-month


Dec 


 Jan


Feb


Aug to Feb



















Leading Index

99.2


99.3

r

99.8

p



  Percent Change

-0.1

r

0.1

r

0.5

p

2.7


  Diffusion

40.0


50.0


50.0


60.0











Coincident Index

107.9

r

108.0

r

108.2

p



  Percent Change

0.0

r

0.1


0.2

p

1.1


  Diffusion

37.5


62.5


100.0


100.0











Lagging Index

121.1

r

121.7

r

122.1

p



  Percent Change

0.4


0.5

r

0.3

p

2.0


  Diffusion

64.3


71.4


78.6


64.3











n.a. Not available       p Preliminary         r Revised


Indexes equal 100 in 2004


Source: The Conference Board 


About The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. 
The composite economic indexes are the key elements in an analytic system designed to signal peaks and troughs in the business cycle. The leading, coincident, and lagging economic indexes are essentially composite averages of several individual leading, coincident, or lagging indicators. They are constructed to summarize and reveal common turning point patterns in economic data in a clearer and more convincing manner than any individual component – primarily because they smooth out some of the volatility of individual components.

The ten components of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for the U.S. include:

Average weekly hours, manufacturing
Average weekly initial claims for unemployment insurance
Manufacturers' new orders, consumer goods and materials
ISM® Index of New Orders 
Manufacturers' new orders, nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft orders
Building permits, new private housing units
Stock prices, 500 common stocks
Leading Credit Index™
Interest rate spread, 10-year Treasury bonds less federal funds
Average consumer expectations for business conditions

For full press release and technical notes:
http://www.conference-board.org/data/bcicountry.cfm?cid=1

For more information about The Conference Board global business cycle indicators:
http://www.conference-board.org/data/bci.cfm

About The Conference Board
The Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Our mission is unique: To provide the world's leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. The Conference Board is a non-advocacy, not-for-profit entity holding 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status in the United States. www.conference-board.org

Follow The Conference Board 
Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

SOURCE The Conference Board



RELATED LINKS
http://www.conference-board.org

More by this Source


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

 

PR Newswire Membership

Fill out a PR Newswire membership form or contact us at (888) 776-0942.

Learn about PR Newswire services

Request more information about PR Newswire products and services or call us at (888) 776-0942.