Durable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through April 2024

Many people place emphasis on Durable Goods New Orders as a prominent economic indicator and/or leading economic indicator.

For reference, below are two charts depicting this measure.

First, from the St. Louis Fed site (FRED), a chart through April 2024, updated on May 24, 2024. This value is $284,074 ($ Millions):

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DGORDER 284074

Second, here is the chart depicting this measure on a “Percent Change from a Year Ago” basis, with a last value of -.9%:

DGORDER -.9 Percent Change From Year Ago

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; accessed May 24, 2024; 


I post various indicators and indices because I believe they should be carefully monitored.  However, as those familiar with this site 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 5279.50 as this post is written