WLI Rises

A measure of future U.S. economic growth rose in the latest week to its highest level in five months, while the annualized growth rate also improved, a research group said on Friday.

The Economic Cycle Research Institute, a New York-based independent forecasting group, said its Weekly Leading Index for the week ended Jan 13 climbed to 123.4, the highest level since August, from a revised 121.1 the previous week.

That figure was originally reported as 121.2. The index's annualized growth rate improved to its highest level since September at minus 7.5 percent from minus 8.6 percent.

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