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What Key Economic Indicators Say about the Economy

Sarah Sands - Author

Jan. 11 2018, Published 11:45 a.m. ET

Key economic indicators

Key economic indicators released last week include the following:

  • the US (QQQ) (SPY) manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index)
  • the UK (EWU) manufacturing PMI
  • Germany’s (EWG) manufacturing PMI
  • France’s (EWQ) manufacturing PMI
  • Spain’s (EWP) manufacturing PMI
  • the Eurozone’s (VGK) (EZU) manufacturing PMI
  • Japan’s (EWJ) manufacturing PMI
  • the ADP National Employment Report
  • US non-farm payroll data

These economic indicators are important for global investors because they show how the economy is performing and help investors analyze short-term market trends.

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Series overview

In this series, we’ll take a look at December 2017 manufacturing PMI reports for major developed regions, namely the United States (SPX-INDEX), Germany (DAX-INDEX), France, Spain, Europe, Japan, and the United Kingdom (UKX-INDEX). These reports indicate how manufacturing activity is trending. We’ll also analyze US non-farm payroll data and the ADP National Employment Report for December. In the next part of this series, we’ll analyze the US manufacturing PMI.


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