Weekly Leading Index

What exactly? A high-frequency leading index of U.S. economic growth. The Weekly Leading Index directly addresses concerns about the freshness of data that forecasters have with existing leading indicators, including the monthly Index of Leading economic indicators

Source: Economic Cycle Research Institute. The ECRI was founded by the late Geoffrey H. Moore, creator of the original leading economic indicators index and, as it happens, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan's stats professor at New York University in the 1940s.

Frequency: Weekly

Released when? Friday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. Data for week ended prior Friday.

Market importance:Some. Occasionally moves market. Very timely. On Friday, the Weekly Leading Index is updated with data through the previous week with only a one-week publication lag. Considered a leading index of overall economic conditions, particularly in light of its real-time record of predicting recessions and recoveries. Has a moderate lead over business cycles.

Other notes:The Weekly Leading Index supplies the information for its monthly equivalent, The Weekly Leading Index -- Monthly, which is a high-frequency leading index of U.S. economic growth available very promptly. The monthly data is available on the first Friday of the following month.

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