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During periods of “low visibility,” confusion reigns: for every indication of one trend, there seems to be a countertrend. The key is to glean from the collective wisdom of reliable leading indicators a clear signal that the economy is headed for a turn.



WLI Level At 2-Week High

A measure of future U.S.economic growth rose to a two-week high in the latest week, but held at a level that suggests the recovery will remain sluggish, a research group said on Friday.

The Economic Cycle Research Institute, a New York-based independent forecasting group, said its Weekly Leading Index rose to 120.9 in the week ending August 20 from a revised 120.7 the previous week.

That was the highest level since August 6, 2010, when it was 122.0.

The previous week's index was originally reported at 120.80.

The index's annualized growth rate rose to minus 9.9 from a revised minus 10.1 percent a week earlier.

The growth rate was originally reported at minus 10.0 percent.