U.S. Quarterly Economic Update (Q2, 2017) and Strategic Business Implications

Economic indicators appropriate for business managers help to take a meaningful snapshot of the economy.

Q2 U.S. ECONOMIC UPDATE

A dashboard of leading and lagging indicators offers a current high-level view and an easy comparison to draw valuable conclusions about the economic outlook and underlying shifts in the business cycle.

Select leading indicators: mixed performance

  • ISM Manufacturing Index +1%
  • Building Permits -0.5%
  • Retail Sales -0.1%
  • Index of Consumer Expectations -3.0%
  • S&P500 Index +2.57%

Select lagging indicators: positive performance

  • Industrial Production Index +1.3%
  • Change in Average Hourly Earnings +0.5%
  • Average Monthly Prime Lending Rate +0.25 bps
  • Producer Price Index +0.2%
  • Consumer Price Index +0.3%

For an interactive view of the dashboard, indicators, significance, and performance, click here.

SELECT INDUSTRIES: STOCK MARKET PERFORMANCE (1/1/17 – 7/17/17)

Industrials

  • Aerospace & Defense +18.81%
  • Airfreight & Logistics +3.87%
  • Airlines +14.32%
  • Building Products +13.81%
  • Commercial Services & Supplies +6.12%
  • Construction & Engineering -7.46%
  • Electrical Equipment +14.08%
  • Industrial Conglomerates -0.39%
  • Machinery +17.36%
  • Professional Services +2.14%
  • Road & Rail +16.17%
  • Trading Companies & Distributors -10.03%

Information Technology

  • Communications Equipment +3.95%
  • Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components +18.64%
  • IT Services +13.86%
  • Internet Software & Services +28.64%
  • Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment +15.81%
  • Software +24.69%
  • Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals +27.06%

Materials

  • Chemicals +13.24%
  • Construction Materials +0.26%
  • Containers & Packaging +13.27%
  • Metals & Mining -0.65%

S&P500 Index +9.84%

Is your industry over/under-performing the S&P500 Index?

For an interactive view of the performance history of each industry, click here.

STRATEGIC BUSINESS IMPLICATIONS

At any one time, powerful strategic moves exist for a company to beat the market and gain a leading position. These moves are contingent on three factors:

  • The impact of the current economic outlook (expansionary, contracting, peak, or through) on your business
  • The performance of your industry relative to the S&P 500 Index…

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