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

Modest Economic Expansion to Continue Through Early 2016

Mar 17, 2016, 10:00 ET from The Conference Board

NEW YORK, March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.1 percent in February to 123.2 (2010 = 100), following a 0.2 percent decline in January, and a 0.3 percent decline in December.

"The U.S. LEI increased slightly in February, after back-to-back monthly declines, but housing permits, stock prices, consumer expectations, and new orders remain sources of weakness," said Ataman Ozyildirim, Director of Business Cycles and Growth Research at The Conference Board. "Although the LEI's six-month growth rate has moderated considerably in recent months, the outlook remains positive with little chance of a downturn in the near-term."

The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for the U.S. increased 0.1 percent in February to 113.3 (2010 = 100), following a 0.3 percent increase in January, and a 0.2 percent increase in December.

The Conference Board Lagging Economic Index® (LAG) for the U.S. increased 0.4 percent in February to 120.4 (2010 = 100), following a 0.1 percent increase in October, and no change in December.  

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

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Summary Table of Composite Economic Indexes


2015

2016


6-month


Dec


Jan


Feb


Aug to Feb



















Leading Index

123.3

r

123.1

r

123.2

p



  Percent Change

-0.3


-0.2


0.1

p

0.3


  Diffusion

35.0


40.0


45.0


60.0











Coincident Index

112.9


113.2


113.3

p



  Percent Change

0.2

r

0.3


0.1

p

0.9


  Diffusion

75.0


100.0


75.0


75.0











Lagging Index

119.8

r

119.9

r

120.4

p



  Percent Change

0.0

r

0.1


0.4

p

1.6


  Diffusion

28.6


71.4


64.3


64.3











p  Preliminary     r  Revised









Indexes equal 100 in 2010









Source:  The Conference Board








 

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