Many people place emphasis on Durable Goods New Orders as a prominent economic indicator and/or leading economic indicator.
For reference, below are charts depicting this measure.
First, from the St. Louis Fed site (FRED), a chart through March, last updated on April 24. This value is 216,276 ($ Millions) :
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Here is the chart depicting this measure on a “Percentage Change from a Year Ago” basis:
Data Source: FRED, Federal Reserve Economic Data, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: Manufacturers’ New Orders: Durable Goods [DGORDER] ; U.S. Department of Commerce: Census Bureau ; http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/DGORDER ; accessed April 25, 2013
I post various indicators and indices because I believe they should be carefully monitored. However, as those familiar with this blog are aware, I do not necessarily agree with what they depict or imply.
The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation
SPX at 1578.79 as this post is written