The Conference Board Leading Economic Index rose 0.4% in March to 114.1 (2004 = 100), following a 1.0% rise in February and a 0.2% gain in January. This puts the index at an all-time high, The Conference Board

“The U.S. Leading Economic Indicator continued to increase in March, pointing to strengthening business conditions in the near term,” said Conference Board Economist Ataman Ozyildirim. “The March increase was led by the interest rate spread and housing permits components, while consumer expectations dropped. The U.S. Coincident Economic Index, a monthly measure of current economic conditions, also continued to rise, led by gains in industrial production and employment.”

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