The Conference Board's index of leading economic indicators has risen for two months in a row.
Producer prices have increased for two straight months.
Consumer prices rose in January -- the first monthly gain in six months.
The Baltic Dry Index, which measures the cost of shipping key raw materials like copper, steel and iron, has more than doubled from its recent lows.
Existing-home sales rose in December, and participants in our weekly survey think that another rise took place in January.
Pending home sales went up in December.Builders' confidence inched up this month.
Thanks to lower interest rates, applications for both new mortgages and refinancings of existing mortgages are rising.
Real hourly earnings rose 4.5% in December following a 3.3% increase in November.
An index of consumer expectations rose in January.
Retail sales shot up by 1% in January -- the first monthly rise since June.
The decline in consumer credit moderated in the latest month.
New orders for consumer and nonmilitary capital goods went up in January.
The ISM index of manufacturing went up last month.
The ISM index of services rose last month for the second month in a row.
The money supply is soaring, a sign that there's plenty of liquidity in the economy.
The 3-month London interbank offered rate, a measure of banks' willingness to lend to each other, has dropped to 1.2% from close to 5% a number of weeks ago.
Other measures of the state of the financial markets, like the TED spread and the 2-year swap spread are down, as well.
Prices of credit default swaps for banks have fallen from their peaks.
The corporate-bond markets are thawing out, too; some $127 billion in dollar-denominated debt was issued in January, the most for any month since last May.
Some securities on banks' books are starting to recover in value.
A new government report on medical costs paints a stark picture for President Barack Obama, who is expected to call for a health care overhaul in a speech Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress.
Even before lawmakers start debating how care is delivered to the American people, the report shows the economy is making the job of reform harder.
Health care costs will top $8,000 per person this year, consuming an ever-bigger slice of a shrinking economic pie, says the report by the Department of Health and Human Services, due out Tuesday.
As the recession cuts into tax receipts, Medicare's giant hospital trust fund is running out of cash more rapidly, and could become insolvent as early as 2016, the report said. That's three years sooner than previously forecast.
At the same time, the government's already large share of the nation's health care bill will keep growing.
Programs such as Medicaid are expanding to take up some of the slack as more people lose job-based coverage. And baby boomers will soon start reaching 65 and signing up for Medicare. Those trends together mean that taxpayers will be responsible for more than half of the nation's health care bill by 2016 -- just seven years from now.
"The outlook for health spending during these difficult economic times is laden with formidable challenges," said the report by statisticians at HHS. It appears in the journal Health Affairs.
The health care cost forecast did not take into account recent legislation that expanded medical coverage for children of low income working parents, and added to the government's obligations.
The report "accelerates the day of reckoning," said economist John Palmer of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
"It is bringing home more immediately the problematic dimensions of what we face," added Palmer, who has served as a trustee overseeing Social Security and Medicare finances. "The picture was bad enough ten years from now, but the fact that everything is accelerating gives greater impetus to be concerned about health reform."
The report found health care costs will average $8,160 this year for every man, woman and child, an increase of $356 per person from last year.
Meanwhile, the number of uninsured has risen to about 48 million, according to a new estimate by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The government statisticians estimated that health costs will reach $13,100 per person in 2018, accounting for $1 out of every $5 spent in the economy.