The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. was up for the third consecutive month in July by 0.5% to now sit at 115.8 (2004 = 100), after a 0.3 % increase in June and a 0.7% increase in May. This was mostly thanks to increased money supply, interest rate spread, and average weekly initial claims for unemployment insurance. The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index (CEI) for the U.S. increased 0.3 percent in July to 103.3 (2004 = 100), following a 0.1 percent increase in June, and a 0.1 percent increase in May. Three of the four coincident indicators advanced over the past six months. The ten components of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the U.S. include average weekly manufacturing hours, claims for unemployment insurance, manufacturers’ new orders and index of consumer expectations, among others.