A close look at the elements of Monday's Conference Board report supports the view that the recession ended in June and recovery has indeed begun. The CB's leading index posted a third month of consecutive gains rising 0.7 percent in June. Again the gain was much stronger than most economists had expected.
With reporting of the June data, several recession-ending items within the CB’s report are now in place. Most economists agree that these data need to be in place before a recession is officially considered over...
1. Three straight gains in the ratio of coincident-to-lagging indicators, (check)
2. Three months of 50-plus readings in the diffusion index, (check)
3. Three consecutive gains in the leading index along with an annualized reading over that period in excess of 10 percent. (The data shows a 12.8% annual rate -- the best since Jan 2002) (check)
The three check boxes follow last week's Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECRI) Weekly Leading Index which surged to an annualized five-year high of 7.0%.
This is just more data to support the claim that when NBER's cycle-dating committee finally marks the official 2008-2009 recession end, it will point to June 2009.
You may recall a professor from Kansas make that recession-ending prediction back in November 2008.