• http://www.online-games.net/financegames.html Finance Dave

    Another leading indicator….

    Shipping volumes. Figures for companies that move goods and raw materials including shipping, trucking and rail companies will see month on month increases in volume of goods shipped. If the sector as a whole is reporting increased volume then that points to more raw materials being delivered to factories, more products being delivered to distribution centres as higher inventories are required etc etc and as things really pick up shippers will begin to increase their carrying capacity whether by the purchase of more trucks or the recommissioning of moth-balled ships.

  • http://twitter.com/DoctorStock Doctor Stock

    I appreciate this take… it is more of a macro level than I usually deal with when talking about investing in the stock market. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

    • Anonymous

      You are very welcome Dave! Thanks and we would love to hear your perspectives on micro investing as well. That is very important for financial investing too.

  • http://www.manhattancalumet.com/ Dennis The Menace

    The stock market is often a good indication of the direction of the economy It will generally begin rallying from a low point a few months before a recession ends. And very often begin declining from a high a few months before a recession begins..

  • http://www.stock-market-strategy.com/ Stock Market Education

    Nice article Dave.

    We talk about 3 types of technical indicators. Might be worth a read if your interested

  • Mifth

    this shows real leading indicators gdp is no more a leading indicator

  • Richard DeVere

    I teach that two leading economic indicators are truck shipping and sales of mens’ underware. And a lagging economic indicator is employment.

  • valter

    Given the forced low interest rates because of the massive debt structure IN THE COUNTRY for govt.,business,and consumer sector, WHY does USA sell their new found energy supply instead dropping prices at home to 2$ a gallon like in 2009 to give consumers some advantage and increasing usa manufacturing base to produce quality goods not chinese cheap trash.When can the consumer get some of the record profits to output ratios during this stock market bubble as corps. have been spoon fed .Please feed the cart not the horse as only the select few are raping all the gains.if inflation jumps to high use wage and price controls again but the selected elite will have already filled their pockets.

  • larsjaeger

    usually deal with when talking about investing in the stock market. he stock market is often a good indication of the direction of the economy

  • FAIL_TR0LL

    Excellent article!

    Much Appreciated!

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