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Leading indicators reach highest level in a decade

The U.S. economy is set to accelerate, if a gauge that historically correlates with future performance is on target. The Conference Board said its leading economic index rose 0.6% in February — the third straight gain of that magnitude — to reach its highest level in more than a decade. “Widespread gains across a majority of the leading indicators point to an improving economic outlook for 2017, although GDP growth is likely to remain moderate,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, director of business cycles and growth research at The Conference Board.

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