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December 16, 2002 | From Bloomberg News, Reuters
Investors and others will be watching for a number of indicators on the economic front this week, including the consumer price index, a closely followed measure of inflation. The overall November CPI, which will be released Tuesday, is expected to rise 0.1% from October. Core CPI, excluding volatile food and energy, is forecast to rise 0.2%, according to economists polled by Reuters. Housing starts also are on Tuesday's data calendar. Home construction is expected to have risen in November.
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BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Consumer confidence retreated in February as fewer Americans expressed optimism about near-term economic conditions, the Conference Board reported Tuesday. The consumer confidence index fell to 78.1, down from 79.4 in January. The drop was primarily in its expectations index -- which measures consumers' expectations of economic activity in the next six months.  The survey found that consumers had "concern over the short-term outlook for business conditions, jobs and earnings,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators.
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BUSINESS
July 27, 1992 | JAMES BATES
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan may be frustrated at the way some economic indicators have failed to respond to the Fed's actions. But we're happy to report that one of our favorite indicators is finally turning bullish. The number of senior executives at major firms who are resigning "to pursue other interests" fell in the first six months of this year to a level that hasn't been seen since the pre-recession days of 1989.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Initial claims for unemployment benefits dropped again last week, to 393,000, as the jobs market continued to recover from Superstorm Sandy. The new data came as a top Federal Reserve official estimated the devastating storm had a significant effect on the nation's economy. New jobless claims were down 23,000 for the week that ended Saturday compared to the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the first time the figure had fallen below 400,000 since Sandy caused it to shoot up to 451,000 for the week ending Nov. 10, the highest level in more than a year and a half.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2011 | By Steve Goldstein
The U.S. economy is likely to grow in a "choppy" manner through the summer and autumn, the Conference Board said Friday as it reported that its index of leading economic indicators rose a surprisingly strong 0.8% in May. The reading for May came in ahead of expectations, following a downwardly revised drop in April of 0.4% from the initially reported 0.3% drop. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 0.5% improvement in May. The largest contributions to the index, which is composed of 10 weighted indicators, came from the interest-rate spread, consumer expectations and housing permits, more than offsetting the negative contribution from supplier deliveries.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2000
Major economic indicators scheduled for release this week include gross domestic product for the third quarter. Higher borrowing costs and fuel costs were expected to have slowed the annual growth rate to 3.5% in the three months that ended Sept. 30, according to analysts. The economy grew at a 5.6% pace in the second quarter, 4.8% in the first.
BUSINESS
March 4, 1995 | From Associated Press
The government's economic forecasting gauge is pointing to a slowing economy this year, while shrinking factory orders indicate the robust manufacturing sector may join the trend. The Commerce Department said Friday its index of leading economic indicators, designed to forecast economic conditions six to nine months in advance, was flat in January. In a separate report, the department said orders to U.S. factories rose 0.6% in January.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2003
The index of leading U.S. economic indicators rose in November for the sixth month in seven. Initial jobless claims dropped to 353,000 last week, matching a three-year low. The index by the New York-based Conference Board of how the economy will perform in the next three to six months rose 0.3% after a 0.5% rise in October. First-time claims for unemployment benefits fell 22,000 to match the last week of October, the lowest since January 2001, the Labor Department said. From Bloomberg News
BUSINESS
February 2, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
The government's main economic forecasting gauge rose slightly in December while construction spending ended the year on a high note, possibly due to unusually warm weather. A third report from the nation's purchasing managers indicated that the economy continued to expand last month. Analysts said there may be mixed signals in the latest government data.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2008 | The Associated Press
The economy's health improved for the first time in five months in September as supplier deliveries and new orders strengthened, a private research group said Monday. The New York-based Conference Board said its monthly forecast of future economic activity rose 0.3%, a better reading than the 0.2% drop expected by Wall Street economists who were surveyed by Thomson/IFR. The index had fallen a revised 0.9% in August and 0.7% in July.
OPINION
November 6, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
In the last week or so, an intense kerfuffle broke out over the poll-prognosticator Nate Silver and his blog at the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight . Silver, a statistician, has been predicting a decisive Obama victory for a very long time, based on his very complicated statistical model, which very, very few of his fans or detractors understand. On any given day, Silver might announce that - given the new polling data - "the model" now finds that the president has an 86.3% chance of winning.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
The unemployment outlook got a little bit gloomier on Monday. On the heels of Friday's disappointing jobs report, an indicator of employment trends also was down last month for the first time since the fall as more people said they found it harder to get work and more companies said they had positions they could not fill. The Conference Board's Employment Trends Index , which combines data from eight economic indicators, decreased slightly to 107.28 in March from 107.47 the previous month, the group said Monday.
NEWS
April 3, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
MILWAUKEE  - Mitt Romney edged closer to capturing the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday as he beat back a challenge from rival Rick Santorum in Wisconsin and swept the field in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Santorum had counted on an improbable upset in Wisconsin to stop the party from coalescing, if reluctantly, around Romney, whose wins in the other two primaries were all but a foregone conclusion. But with Romney and President Obama clashing anew on Tuesday, Santorum was also fighting the widening perception that the race for the White House was transforming quickly into a two-man general-election contest.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton
The stock market got off to a rough start Thursday despite positive U.S. economic data, as investors worried about the risk of slowing growth overseas. European stocks continued a nascent retreat that has taken hold this week. A report showed a decline in manufacturing activity in China, while separate reports hinted at potential economic slowing in Germany and France. As of 7:30 a.m. PST, the Dow Jones industrial average was off 64.86 points, or 0.5%, to 13,059.76. The Dow has fallen for three straight days.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Does the economic recovery actually have legs? Long ones, according to the Conference Board, whose index of leading economic indicators (including jobless claims) continued to perk up in February in the biggest increase in nearly a year. The index , which includes improving measures such as income and sales, was up 0.7% last month to 95.5 after rising 0.2% in January and 0.5% in December. That's the most substantial advance in 11 months and the highest point since June 2008.
NATIONAL
July 3, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Last week in Salem, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told voters that President Obama's economic policies "didn't work" and that "people are hurting. " The next day in Raymond, fellow candidate Michele Bachmann told voters they couldn't "afford four more years of millions of Americans out of work. " Those gloomy pronouncements don't exactly reflect the full economic picture in New Hampshire, a swing state that will hold the first primary in the nation early next year.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2011 | By Steve Goldstein
The U.S. economy is likely to grow in a "choppy" manner through the summer and autumn, the Conference Board said Friday as it reported that its index of leading economic indicators rose a surprisingly strong 0.8% in May. The reading for May came in ahead of expectations, following a downwardly revised drop in April of 0.4% from the initially reported 0.3% drop. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 0.5% improvement in May. The largest contributions to the index, which is composed of 10 weighted indicators, came from the interest-rate spread, consumer expectations and housing permits, more than offsetting the negative contribution from supplier deliveries.
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