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Economic indicators & leading indicators:

see also USA macro data

lots of data here: http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/

US government site: Joint Economic Committee by the Council of Economic Advisors:  http://www.gpoaccess.gov/indicators/

 

 

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Conference Board indicators:

 

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Consumer Confidence Index®
May 25 - The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Increases

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Employment Trends Index
May 10 - The Conference Board Employment Trends Index™ (ETI) Continues to Grow, But at Slower Pace

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U.S. Leading Indicators
May 20 - The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. Dips

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Help-Wanted Online
May 3 - Online Job Demand Registers Strong Increase of 222,700 in April, The Conference Board Reports

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CEO Confidence Survey
Apr. 7 - CEO Confidence Declines Slightly, The Conference Board Reports

 
 

International Leading Indicators
Australia 0.3%
China 1.1%
Euro Area 0.9%
France 1.2%
Germany 1.5%
Japan 2.3%
Korea 0.3%
Mexico 1.3%
Spain 0.0%
U.K. 0.1%
U.S. 0.1%

 

 

 

Leading Indicators

 

Economic indicators that help to inform analysts about the direction of the economy:

 

 

OECD leading indicators:

 

Indicators to avoid

  • leading home pending sales

 

 

 

Commodities as Leading-Indicators:

 

  • Copper: 3rd most heavily-used metal. it is cheap and heavy, making storage inefficient...any copper bought is used relatively quickly. when the price rises, it is almost always because of a construction or infrastructure boom. it is mined and refined all over the world and is used all over the world.… that copper is the metal with the Ph.D. in economics in that copper has tended to rise during periods of economic strength  and has tended to wane in periods of weakness. Now, however, we prefer saying that the base metals in aggregate have a Ph.D. in economics, for they do tend to rise when the global economy is rising and fall when the global economy is falling. see mining and metals
  • Cement: basically all the same reasons as above, provides good check for copper
  • Rice: grown in several regions and consumed in most regions...only setback is that it is a staple of many Asian diets, so it skews the consumption...usually a great indicator of other agricultural commodities and tends to "lead the pack."  (concern:  rice might not be good because it is really not traded.  most rice is consumed in the market where its produced (with the exception of a few countries such as Thailand, its mostly because of export barriers).
  • Soy: similar to rice...good to use as a check...also, heavily used in animal feed

     

  • see also:  commodity and mining and metals

 

 

 

More Indicators:

 

Macro Economic Growth

  1. GDP
  2. Cyclical indicators such as the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI), which correlates closely with year-on-year GDP growth

 

 

 

"Surprise" index:

 

Citigroup is one of a number of institutions that calculates an "economic surprise index", which measures data outcomes relative to consensus expectations. The real economy aftershock of the Lehman collapse generated a steady skein of worse-than-expected data. More recently, however, analysts seem to have "caught up", and so far this year the data has, in aggregate, come out in line with expectations. source: MacroMan blog

 

[SPX+AND+ESI.GIF]

 

 

 

Spread of Junk bonds (high yield bonds) over Treasuries:

 

If the spread of junk bonds over comparable Treasuries widens, that is a good indicator that bond traders are expecting a recession.   Risk premiums, or spreads, on speculative bonds in 10/2008 (the middle of the credit crisis) widened to the highest level since the great depression, indicating that bond speculators were pricing in a huge recession. 

 

 

 

Shipping as leading indicators....Baltic Dry Index:

a benchmark for global freight costs (indicator that mirrors price of shipping bulk products such as iron ore, coal or grains) read more here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bdiy1203

 

read more here:  Bespoke Investments

 

 

PMI -

another leading index: measures the rise and fall of manufacturing in the USA....is a leading indicator of economic activity

 

 

Venture Capital confidence indicator:

http://www.usfca.edu/sobam/nvc/pub/svvcindex.html

 

SV VC Confidence Index 2008 Q4

 

The Silicon Valley Venture Capital Confidence Index hit an all time low of 2.77 in the fourth quarter. (The survey ranks confidence from 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest.) It was the fifth consecutive new low since the index began in the first quarter of 2004. The index is compiled by Mark Cannice at the University of San Francisco. He contacted 33 San Francisco Bay Area VCs and asked them about their outlook for the entrepreneurial environment for the Bay Area over the next six to 18 months.

 

 

Cardboard sales to indicate manufacturing / shipping in Brazil

Cardboard sales, a key measure of economic activity, fell 4.5 percent in December from a year earlier, the Brazilian Corrugated Paper Association said this week. 

 

 

 

 

 

Geographic-specific indicators

 

China

 

Chinese economic data: Reading China's palm | The Economist

Reading China's palm. A new leading indicator for China's economy. May 20th 2010 | BEIJING | From The Economist print edition ...
www.economist.com/businessfinance/displaystory.cfm?story_id...

 

 

 

External Links

  • http://www.businesscycle.com/about/
  • ECRI maintains well over 100 proprietary indexes for 20 major economies. Our complete index database is available as part of our Professional Services, which also includes analysis and forecasting.

 

 

 

 

 

Links from GloboTrends

see our discussion of global trends

 

 

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