Following is a list of leading economic indicators which are used in the USA. Obviously, there are many more, as well as in other leading economies (such as Germany, the UK, Japan, etc.). In general, not only the numerical value of an indicator is important, but also the anticipation and the forecast to such, and the impact of the relation between anticipated and actual figures on the market.
Such macro indicators are being followed by the vast majority of traders worldwide. The "quality" of the published data may differ over time. The value of the indicator data is considered important if it presents new information, or is instrumental to drawing conclusions which couldn't be drawn under other reports or data. Furthermore, an indicator is highly valuable if one may use it to better forecast future trends.
Note that in the USA most indicators are published on certain week days, rather than a monthly date (e.g. - the second Wednesday in each month, etc.).
Each indicator is marked with "H"-"M"-"L" (according to its level of importance, as commonly considered).
H: CCI - Consumer Confidence Index
H: CPI - Consumer Price Index; Core-CPI
H: Employment Report
H: Employment Situation Report
H: FOMC Meeting (Federal Open Market Committee): Rate announcement
H: GDP - Gross Domestic Product
H: ISM (Institute for Supply Management) Manufacturing Index
H: MCSI - Michigan Consumer Confidence Index
H: NFP - Changes in non-farm payrolls
H: PMI - Purchasing Managers Index
H: Retail Sales Data; Retail Sales less Automotives
H: Tankan Survey
H: TIC (Treasury International Capital) Data on transactions in long term securities
H: Trade Balance
L: Beige Book
L: ECI - Employment Cost Index
L: PCE - Personal Consumption Expenditure
M: Budget Statement Monthly
M: Composite Index of Leading Indicators
M: Current Account
M: Durable Goods
M: GDP Price Deflator
M: Housing Starts
M: Industrial Production Capacity; Production Utilization
M: Initial Jobless Claims
M: Philadelphia Fed Index (Business Outlook Survey)
M: PPI - Producer Price Index; Core-PPI
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