Press Release: The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(R) (LEI) for the U.S. Increased in December

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

Economic Growth to Continue Through First Half of 2018

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NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2018

NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(R) (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.6 percent in December to 107.0 (2016 = 100), following a 0.5 percent increase in November, and a 1.3 percent increase in October.

"The U.S. LEI continued rising rapidly in December, pointing to a continuation of strong economic growth in the first half of 2018. The passing of the tax plan is likely to provide even more tailwind to the current expansion," said Ataman Ozyildirim, Director of Business Cycles and Growth Research at The Conference Board. "The gains among the leading indicators have been widespread, with most of the strength concentrated in new orders in manufacturing, consumers' outlook on the economy, improving stock markets and financial conditions."

The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index(R) (CEI) for the U.S. increased 0.3 percent in December to 102.8 (2016 = 100), following a 0.1 percent increase in November, and a 0.4 percent increase in October.

The Conference Board Lagging Economic Index(R) (LAG) for the U.S. increased 0.7 percent in December to 104.0 (2016 = 100), following a 0.1 percent increase in November and a 0.3 percent increase in October.

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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Summary Table of Composite Economic Indexes


2017 6-month

Jun to

Oct Nov Dec Dec

Leading Index 105.9 r106.4 r107.0 p

Percent Change 1.3 r0.5 r0.6 p3.1

Diffusion 100.0 65.0 75.0 90.0

Coincident Index 102.4 r102.5 r102.8 p

Percent Change 0.4 r0.1 r0.3 p1.2

Diffusion 100.0 75.0 100.0 100.0

Lagging Index 103.2 r103.3 r104.0 p

Percent Change 0.3 0.1 0.7 p1.4

Diffusion 57.1 57.1 78.6 71.4

p Preliminary r Revised

Indexes equal 100 in 2016

Source: The Conference Board

NOTE: This month's release incorporates annual benchmark revisions to the

composite economic indexes, which bring them up-to-date with revisions in the

source data. Also, with this benchmark revision, the base year of the

composite indexes was changed to 2016 = 100 from 2010 = 100. These revisions

do not change the cyclical properties of the indexes. The indexes are updated

throughout the year, but only for the previous six months. Data revisions that

fall outside of the moving six-month window are not incorporated until the

benchmark revision is made and the entire histories of the indexes are

recomputed. As a result, the revised indexes, in levels and month-on-month

changes, will not be directly comparable to those issued prior to the

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January 25, 2018 10:15 ET (15:15 GMT)

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