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During periods of “low visibility,” confusion reigns: for every indication of one trend, there seems to be a countertrend. The key is to glean from the collective wisdom of reliable leading indicators a clear signal that the economy is headed for a turn.

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ECRI WLI Edges Up


Growth in a weekly leading index designed to forecast U.S. economic activity strengthened further last week.

According to the Economic Cycle Research Institute, its weekly leading index grew 2.3% in the week March 7, up from 1.8% in the previous week. The upturn follows a sharp slowdown in growth during late January and February.

The index itself increased to 133.8 from 133.5. ECRI says "occasionally the WLI level and growth rate can move in different directions, because the latter is derived from a four-week moving average."

The February ECRI index growth rate fell sharply to 1.6% from 4.0% in January.

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