Metal Industry Indicators

The Metal Industry Indicators (MII) is a monthly newsletter that analyzes and forecasts the economic health of five metal industries: primary metals, steel, copper, primary aluminum, and aluminum mill products. Composite leading and coincident indexes were developed under a cooperative agreement with the former Center for International Business Cycle Research (CIBCR) at Columbia University. The composite leading and coincident indexes are constructed with a set of indicators that historically have proven to lead or coincide with the major changes in these industries. Each month, these indexes are analyzed along with any economy-wide occurrences that would affect the metals industries. To view or print a document in PDF format, download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Historical data for the MII indexes are usually updated the third Friday of each month. The latest file of historical data was updated on March 24 and contains revised indexes that will be in the March 2017 MII.

The latest summary report for the MII was updated on March 24 and contains the indexes that appear in the March 2017 MII. The next update to the summary report is scheduled for April 25, 2017.


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Nonmetallic Mineral Products Industry Indexes

The USGS has prepared leading and coincident indexes for the Nonmetallic Mineral Products Industry (NAICS 327). These indexes are similar to the ones in Metal Industry Indicators.

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