Leading Economic Index Increases By 0.1 Percent

The Conference Board said the U.S. leading index increased 0.1 percent, the coincident index increased 0.2 percent, and the lagging index increased 0.1 percent in December.

The leading index increased slightly in December, following large gains in October and November.

The six month growth rate of the leading index picked up to a 2.1 percent annual rate in December from a low of 0.6 percent in May. In addition, the strength among the leading indicators has been widespread sinc

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