Investing in the stock market can be a bit like an emotional rollercoaster, and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to make of financial news, economic indicators, and more. We’re sharing the below graphic and explanation with you because it shows that, though there may be some negative indicators at the moment, there’s also room to be optimistic about investing in stocks right now.
Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey data from the Federal Research Bank of Philadelphia. Index is computed as the percentage of respondents indicating an increase minus the percentage indicating a decrease. Recession periods sourced from the National Bureau of Economic Research and begin the month after a business cycle peak month and continue through the business cycle trough month.
1. A monthly survey of manufacturers in the Third Federal Reserve District. Participants indicate the direction of change in overall business activity and in the various measures of activity at their plants: employment, working hours, new and unfilled orders, shipments, inventories, delivery times, prices paid, and prices received.
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