leading indicators

leading indicators
Market indicators that signal the state of the economy for the coming months. Some of the leading indicators include: average manufacturing workweek, initial claims for unemployment insurance, orders for consumer goods and material, percentage of companies reporting slower deliveries, change in manufacturers' unfilled orders for durable goods, plant and equipment orders, new building permits, index of consumer expectations, change in material prices, prices of stocks, change in money supply. Chicago Board of Trade glossary

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   Leading indicators are measurements of economic factors that change ahead of changes in the overall economic cycle. They are used to predict changes in overall output and activity in an economy and include such things as share prices, new orders for investment goods, housing construction orders and the index of consumer confidence. Lagging indicators are economic indicators that follow a change in the economic cycle and coincident indicators change at the same time as the overall economic cycle.

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