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The Leading Economic Index increased 0.5% in June, resuming its upward ascent, noted analysts at Wells Fargo. The mentioned that the strength in the underlying components of the index remained broad-based, signaling continued growth in the U.S. economy.  

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“The Leading Economic Index (LEI) increased 0.5 percent in June, following no change in May. The renewed strength in the index signals continued growth in the second half of 2018.”

“Seven of the additional nine components contributed positively to the overall index. The ISM New Orders Index remained solid in May, suggesting forthcoming production. The slight rise in the consumer goods orders component, a measure of manufacturers’ comfort with inventory levels, could signal some relief to recent supply chain tightness. The LEI remains supportive of our call of 3.1 percent GDP growth this year.”