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November 4, 1998 | Associated Press
The U.S. index of leading economic indicators, a key measure of future economic activity, was unchanged at 105.5 in September for the third straight month, another sign of slower growth in coming months. Economists had predicted a slight decline in the Conference Board's index, which is intended to project economic activity six to nine months in advance. Five of the leading index's 10 components fell in September, led by stock prices. Four components, led by money supply, posted increases.
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June 1, 2006 | Bill Sing, Times Staff Writer
Southern California will post a modest increase in economic activity in the next three to six months, according to an index to be released today. Cal State Fullerton said its Southern California index of leading economic indicators rose 0.48% in the first quarter, rebounding from a revised 0.18% decline in last year's fourth quarter. The gain suggests that the state is likely to reverse job losses from March and April, although hiring won't be robust, said Cal State Fullerton economist Adrian R.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2006 | From Reuters
A key forecasting gauge of the U.S. economy posted its biggest jump in seven months in January, a positive sign for economic growth, the Conference Board said Tuesday. The U.S. leading economic indicators index rose 1.1% to a record 140.1, the private research firm said, a rise both it and other economists said might have been due to exceptionally warm January weather.
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August 31, 2000 | Reuters
In a further sign of economic slowing, a key forecasting gauge for the U.S. economy fell for a third straight month in July. The Conference Board said that the index of leading economic indicators dipped 0.1% last month, in line with forecasts of Wall Street economists, following identical declines in June and May. The June index was previously reported as unchanged. The private research group said the coincident index, a barometer of current economic trends, was unchanged in July after an 0.
BUSINESS
February 1, 1990 | From Associated Press
The government's leading economic forecasting indicator rose in December at its fastest pace in eight months, the government said Wednesday, but analysts suggested that the economy remains weak although able to avoid a recession. The Commerce Department said the index of leading economic indicators rose 0.8% in December, helping to inch the forecasting gauge up 0.4% for the year. It was the weakest increase since the index actually fell 1.5% in 1984. And since the index rose just 0.
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June 2, 1999 | From Associated Press
A report by the nation's manufacturers of the first rise in prices for raw materials in 16 months sparked concerns in financial markets that inflation is heating up. The disturbing figures came in a mixed bag of reports Tuesday--the first monthly decline in nearly a year in a key gauge of future economic activity and a big drop in construction spending, but continued strength in the industrial economy. The National Assn.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2001 | LISI de BOURBON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A key gauge of future economic activity rose in April, following two straight monthly declines, as the effects of the Federal Reserve's aggressive rate-cutting campaign began seeping into the economy. The Conference Board said its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.1% to 108.7 in April after slipping a revised 0.2% in March and 0.2% in February.
BUSINESS
August 3, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The economy showed new signs of strength Wednesday, shaking out of the summer doldrums as housing sales picked up on the strength of lower mortgage rates and the government's main forecasting gauge broke a four-month losing streak. The Commerce Department reported that new home sales, a barometer of where the economy is headed, climbed 6.1% in June to the highest level in a year and a half. Helped by falling mortgage rates, sales increased in every region of the country.
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February 2, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
The index of leading economic indicators, the government's main barometer of economic activity, rose a strong 0.6% in December, suggesting more growth ahead for the U.S. economy after six years of expansion. The increase, reported by the Commerce Department Wednesday, was in line with expectations and was the latest move in a seesaw pattern of monthly rises and falls that began last spring.
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December 2, 1987 | OSWALD JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writer
The government's main indicator of future economic activity weathered October's stock market crash in better shape than many economists had expected and declined only 0.2% for the month, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Although the figures indicate sluggish future growth, analysts say, the index was bolstered by a strong 0.7% rebound in factory hours worked and smaller gains in the categories of plant and equipment orders, jobless claims, material prices and the nation's money supply.
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