Empire State Business Conditions Index

Measures the general business conditions of manufacturers in New York State. The index is derived from a survey that asks respondents to rate the level of general business activity as 'decrease', 'increase', or 'no change'. A rising trend has a positive effect on the nation's currency because good manufacturing conditions are a sign of a strong economy.

Although this survey is limited to manufacturers in New York only, traders pay close attention because the New York Federal Reserve releases it weeks before other major reports on manufacturing (e.g., Industrial Production, ISM Manufacturing Index).