Many people place emphasis on Durable Goods New Orders as a prominent economic indicator and/or leading economic indicator.
For reference, here are a few charts depicting this measure.
First, from the St. Louis Fed site (FRED), a chart through August, last updated on September 27. This value is 198,494 ($ Millions) :
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Here is the chart depicting this measure on a “Percentage Change from a Year Ago” basis:
Lastly, a chart from Doug Short’s post of September 27 titled “Durable Goods Orders Do a Cliff Dive, Down 13.2%” showing the Durable Goods New Orders vs. the S&P500′s monthly average of daily closes:
The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation
SPX at 1447.15 as this post is written