Leading Indicators Rise, Pointing to Stronger Growth

The index of leading economic indicators rose an impressive 1.1% in November -- its biggest gain in eight months. It provides further evidence that the U.S. expansion is gaining momentum and will likely grow at a faster pace into 2011.

Stocks Close Higher for the Week, Once Again

The last full trading week of 2010 has closed and stocks were modestly mixed trading on light volume. While pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Merck put a damper on the Dow, robust earnings from Oracle and Research In Motion helped lift tech stocks.

Leading Economic Indicators Rise, but Not by Much

September's report by The Conference Board shows more signs of a U.S. economy that's growing at crawl. The index rose 0.3% -- its third straight monthly rise. However that pace is too low to substantially lower unemployment.

Two More Reports Confirm a Slowing U.S. Economy

The latest Leading Economic Indicators reading and regional Philly Fed Index provide further evidence of weaker economic growth. And that complicates policymakers' efforts to lower the nation's high unemployment rate.

Leading Economic Index Dips Again as Recovery Ebbs

June%u2019s 0.2% dip in the Leading Economic Index provided more evidence that the U.S. economic recovery has slowed, and that the slowdown will continue into autumn -- something that will complicate policymakers' task of lowering the nation's high unemployment rate.

Leading Indicators, Philly Fed Survey Suggest Slowing U.S. Growth

Although the May Leading Economic Index and the June regional Philly Fed Survey confirmed a growing U.S. economy, each suggests the economy may slow in the quarters ahead -- something that would complicate policy makers%u2019 effort to lower the nation%u2019s high unemployment rate.

Data Suggest Recovery May Slow But Won't Stop

April's dip in the index of leading economic indicators was unexpected and signaled that growth may slow this summer. But the recovery is unlikely to stop -- other employment and manufacturing data remain encouraging.

Leading Economic Indicators Rise Once Again

The Conference Board's closely-watched index of leading economic indicators rose a better-than-expected 0.9 percent in November. The Federal Reserve's survey of manufacturing activity in the mid-Atlantic states also climbed.