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

Economy to Continue Expanding Through Early 2017

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2016

NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(R) (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.1 percent in October to 124.5 (2010 = 100), following a 0.2 percent increase in September, and a 0.2 percent decline in August.

"The U.S. LEI increased in October for a second consecutive month. Although its six-month growth rate has moderated, the index still suggests that the economy will continue expanding into early 2017," said Ataman Ozyildirim, Director of Business Cycles and Growth Research at The Conference Board. "The interest rate spreadand average weekly hours were the main drivers of October's improvement, helping to offset some of the weaknesses in claims for unemployment insurance and new orders."

The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index(R) (CEI) for the U.S. increased 0.1 percent in October to 114.3 (2010 = 100), following a 0.1 percent increase in September, and a 0.2 percent increase in August.

The Conference Board Lagging Economic Index(R) (LAG) for the U.S. increased 0.2 percent in October to 122.9 (2010 = 100), following a 0.2 percent increase in September, and a 0.3 percent increase in August.

About The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(R) (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(R) for the U.S. include:

Average weekly hours, manufacturing

Average weekly initial claims for unemployment insurance

Manufacturers' new orders, consumer goods and materials

ISM(R) 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(TM)

Interest rate spread, 10-year Treasury bonds less federal funds

Average consumer expectations for business conditions

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About The Conference Board

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Summary Table of Composite Economic Indexes

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2016 6-month

Apr to

Aug Sep Oct Oct

Leading Index 124.1 124.4 124.5 p

Percent Change-0.2 0.2 0.1 p0.7

Diffusion 60.0 50.0 60.0 60.0

Coincident Index 114.1 r114.2 114.3 p

Percent Change 0.2 r0.1 r0.1 p0.8

Diffusion 62.5 75.0 87.5 100.0

Lagging Index 122.4 r122.6 r122.9 p

Percent Change 0.3 r0.2 0.2 p1.2

Diffusion 64.3 64.3 57.1 64.3

p Preliminary r Revised

Indexes equal 100 in 2010

Source: The Conference Board

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