Leading Economic Index – Japan

A composite of 12 major leading indices for Japan . Movements in these indicators are known to precede larger developments in the rest of the economy.

The Index includes account inventory ratios, machinery orders, stock prices and other leading economic indicators. As the aggregate of many leading indices the Leading Economic Index provides a forecast of the future state of the domestic economy and is thought to predict activity that will occur 6-9 months after the reporting period.

The index operates on a 1-100 scale, where a value lower than 50 means that most indictors are negative and a value higher than 50 means most indicators are positive. In both cases a greater distance from the midpoint (50) means that the indicators are more strongly positive or negative.

Relevance : Tends to move markets on release
Release schedule : 5:00 (GMT); monthly, in the first third of the month with a two month lag.
Revisions schedule : Revisions are common
Source of report : Economic and Social Research Institute ( Japan )
Web Address : http://www.esri.cao.go.jp/index-e.html
Address of release : http://www.esri.cao.go.jp/en/stat/menu.html#di
AKA : Leading Index, Leading CI, LEI

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