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U.S. leading economic index falls again in January

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The numbers: The U.S. leading economic index fell 0.3 % in January, after a 0.8% drop in the prior month, the Conference Board said Friday

The decline was in line with forecasts of economists polled by The Wall Street Journal.

The LEI is a gauge of 10 indicators designed to show whether the economy is getting better or worse. The index was down 0.8% in December.

The index is now down 3.6% over the last six months, a steeper decline than the prior six-month period.

Key details: A measure of current economic conditions rose 0.2% in January. The so-called ‘lagging’ index —a look of sorts in the rearview mirror — also rose 0.2%.

Big picture: Fears of a recession have eased after the Labor Department estimated that the economy added 517,000 jobs in January. But Ataman Ozyildirim, senior director, economics, at the Conference Board, said the firm “still expects high inflation, rising interest rates and contracting consumer spending to tip the U.S. economy into recession in 2023.”

Market reaction: Stocks

opened lower on Friday as the market digested prospects of higher interest rates. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note
rose to 3.88%, the highest level so far this year.

Credit: marketwatch.com

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