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Economic Report: Economic expansion poised to become longest in U.S. history, leading indicators show

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The numbers: A survey of U.S. economic conditions rose for the third straight month in April, touching 112.1, the Conference Board said Friday.

April’s reading reflected a 0.2% gain over March, following a 0.3% increase that month, and 0.2% rise in February.

What happened: Higher stock prices, financial conditions, and a rosier outlook from consumers helped boost the leading economic index, produced by the private-sector Conference Board. Manufacturing still weighed on the numbers, however.

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