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These Key Economic Indicators Were Released Last Week

Sarah Sands - Author
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Dec. 4 2020, Updated 10:52 a.m. ET

Key economic indicators

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 sentiments.

Important global indicators released last week include the following:

  • German (EWG) Ifo business climate
  • US 2Q16 final GDP
  • US consumer sentiment
  • Japan’s (EWJ) (DXJ) retail sales
  • US consumer confidence
  • US crude oil inventories
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Importance of manufacturing PMI

In this series, we’ll take a look at the Ifo business climate index for Germany (EWG) in September 2016, the final United States (QQQ) (SPY) 2Q16 GDP reading, and the US consumer sentiment index.

We’ll also look at Japan’s retail sales for August 2016, the US consumer confidence index for September 2016, US weekly crude oil (USO) (UWTI) inventories for the week ended September 23, and the outcome of the much-awaited OPEC meeting.

In the next part of this series, we’ll analyze the German business climate in September 2016.

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