Here Are the Key Economic Indicators Released Last Week
Key economic indicators
Global investors should monitor economic indicators to understand the condition of the global economy (ACWI) (VTI). Indicators are important because they shed light on a country’s economic health. They help investors identify short-term economic trends and changes in market sentiment.
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Important global indicators released last week include the following:
- US Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index)
- France (EWQ) Manufacturing PMI
- Germany (EWG) Manufacturing PMI
- Eurozone Manufacturing PMI
- UK Manufacturing PMI
- Japan (EWJ) Manufacturing PMI
- Canada (EWC) Manufacturing PMI
- US (QQQ) (SPY) Services PMI
- France (EWQ) Services PMI
- Germany (EWG) Services PMI
- Eurozone Services PMI
- Japan (EWJ) Services PMI
- UK (EWU) Services PMI
- US non-farm payroll
- US ADP employment
- FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) statement
- Eurozone Sentix Investor Confidence
- US inflation
- US retail sales
- US Preliminary Consumer Sentiment
Importance of manufacturing and services PMIs
In this series, we’ll take a look at the final manufacturing and services PMIs of major developed nations for April 2017. Monthly manufacturing PMI reports show manufacturing activity, output, new orders, export orders, and employment numbers. They help us assess the growth and trends in world manufacturing activity. In the same way, services PMIs help us assess the growth and trends in world services activity.
Many policymakers use these PMIs to make important policy decisions that could affect the overall economy. In this series, we’ll also look at the US non-farm payroll and ADP employment reports for April 2017.
Let’s start by analyzing the performance of the US manufacturing PMI for April 2017.