ECRI Economic Weekly Leading Index and Annualized Growth Rate
*** Updated March 11, 2011 for the week ended March 5, 2011 ***
USA Economic Weekly Leading Index at 43-Week High!
Overview The USA Economic Weekly Leading Index (WLI) was up +1.0 to 130.8 (preliminary) for the week ended March 5, 2011. This is the highest since the week ended May 7, 2010 (132.1) and a 43 week high.
Trend The Weekly Leading Index (preliminary) continues short term, intermediate and long term uptrends. The WLI continues above the uptrending 13-week moving average of 129.0 for the 27th consecutive week. The WLI continues above the ascending 26-week moving average of 126.0 for the 19th consecutive week. The WLI continues above the level 52-week moving average of 126.0 for the 14th consecutive week. (The 13-week, 26-week, and 52-week moving averages charts are not shown on this page).
Cycle History The Weekly Leading Index (preliminary) for the week ended March 5, 2011 is down -4.3 and -3% from the Post-Great Recession peak of 135.1 for the week ended April 30, 2010. The current WLI is up +10.3 and +9% from the intermediate term bottom of 120.5 for the weeks ended July 9 and 16, 2010. Therefore, the current WLI (preliminary) is closer to the cyclical peak than trough.
Weekly Leading Index (Chart) Below is a chart of the latest 45 weeks of the ECRI Weekly Leading Index, from the cyclical peak 135.1 for the week ended April 30, 2010 through the latest week reported, March 5, 2011. As can be seen, the WLI declined significantly from the April peak and then has uptrended subsequently.
USA WLI Annualized Growth Rate at 42-Week High!
Overview The WLI Annualized Growth Rate (AGR) was up +0.2% to +6.7% (preliminary) for the week ended March 5, 2011. This is the 30th increase in the past 32 weeks, the 6th consecutive weekly increase, and a 42 week high.
Trend The Annualized Growth Rate has been on a steady uptrend, has increased or held steady for 26 of the past 27 weeks, and increased or held steady for 30 of the last 32 weeks. This was after 12 consecutive weekly declines from the week ended May 7, 2010 to the week ended July 23, 2010. There have now been 6 consecutive weekly increases.
Cycle History The Annualized Growth Rate for the week ended March 5, 2011 is down -21.0 and -76% from the peak of +27.7% for the week ended October 9, 2009. The current Annualized Growth Rate is up +17.6 and +161% from the recent intermediate term bottom of -10.9% for the week ended July 23, 2010. Therefore, the current Annualized Growth Rate (preliminary) continues closer to the cyclical trough than peak, but is well off the bottom.
Annualized Growth Rate (Chart) Below is a chart of the latest 45 weeks of the ECRI WLI Annualized Growth Rate, from the Weekly Leading Index cyclical peak for the week ended April 30, 2010 through the latest week reported, March 5, 2011. The Post-Great Recession cyclical peak was +27.7% in early October 2009. A negative growth % was reached in early June 2010, remained negative for 28 consecutive weeks until the past 12 weeks.
Commentary The Annualized Growth Rate at +6.7% (preliminary) has continued positive 12 weeks and in an overall uptrend for 32 weeks, after being negative for 28 consecutive weeks (June 4, 2010 to December 10, 2010). The Weekly Leading Index at 130.8 (preliminary) is the highest since the week ended May 7, 2010 (132.1). Both the Weekly Leading Index and the Annualized Growth Rate are in a short, intermediate, and long term uptrends and at very encouraging levels. The AGR is definitely off the bottom reached in late July, has continued uptrending, and is now at a 42-week high. The WLI is above the 130.00 level and at a 43-week high. While this has not been indicative of a robust USA economic expansion, and actually was dismal at the bottom in July 2010, the overall uptrend of the Weekly Leading Index and Annualized Growth Rate is encouraging and indicates an ongoing modest expansion of the USA economy. Per the ECRI, the Weekly Leading Index projects forward approximately 6 months and the Annualized Growth Rate is relative to the WLI. That is, the overall higher WLI in 2010 mitigates some of the recently negative AGR.
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