|Indicator||Prior||Prior Revised||Consensus Forecast||Forecast Range||Result|
|CFNAI||-0.45||-0.48||-0.18||-0.60 to -0.15||-0.05|
|CFNAI 3-Month Avg.||-0.22||-0.37||-0.17|
The Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) rose to –0.05 in May from –0.48 in April, a forecast beat fueled by production-related indicators. The CFNAI-MA3, the 3-month moving average, rose to –0.17 from –0.37.
The readings point to a pickup in economic growth in May. While three of the index’s four broad categories of indicators increased from April, just one made a positive contribution to the index in May.
The CFNAI Diffusion Index, also a 3-month moving average, gained to –0.12 from –0.26. Thirty-nine (39) of the 85 indicators made positive contributions to the CFNAI in May, while 46 made negative contributions. Forty-nine (49) indicators improved, while 36 indicators worsened.
Among the indicators that improved for the month, 20 made negative contributions.
How to Read the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI)
A zero value should indicate the U.S. economy is expanding at its historical rate of growth, or average). Negative values should indicate below-average growth in standard deviation units, while positive values indicate above-average growth.
More Economic News for May
- Preliminary Consumer Sentiment “Surged” to 15-Year High in May
- Wage Growth Exceeded 3 Percent for 10th Straight Month in May
- U.S. Economy Adds 75K Jobs in May, Wage Growth Exceeds 3% for 10th Straight Month
- Existing Home Sales Rebound in May, Solidly Beating Forecast
- Housing Starts Beat, Building Permits Meet Forecast for May
- Industrial Production for May Doubles Consensus Forecast
- Advance Monthly Retail Sales for May Gain Solidly, April Revised Higher