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Time the Markets: Using Technical Analysis to Interpret Economic Data, Revised Edition by Charles D. Kirkpatrick

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6. Economic Indicators

Economic data, as opposed to corporate data, also affects the stock market. The principal divisions within the economy on which the average person can find easily available and accurate data are prices (consumer, industrial and crude oil), production (industry, housing, and efficiency), and income (personal and unemployment). You will see that many economic indicators have a connection to the stock market using a moving average crossover system.

Prices

Industrial, raw-material prices were once a component in the Conference Board’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators. They are no longer because factors other than economic pressure, like currency and exchange rates, now affect industrial prices differently than in the 1990s ...

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