Note: This appears to be a leading indicator for industrial production.
From the American Chemistry Council: Chemical Activity Barometer Remains Steady
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), was flat in June following a 0.2 percent gain in May, and a 0.3 percent gain in April. This marks a slowing from the average 0.5 percent first quarter monthly gain. Compared to a year earlier, the CAB is up 4.3 percent year-over-year, a modest yet continued slowing. All data is measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA).Click on graph for larger image.
Applying the CAB back to 1912, it has been shown to provide a lead of two to fourteen months, with an average lead of eight months at cycle peaks as determined by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The median lead was also eight months. At business cycle troughs, the CAB leads by one to seven months, with an average lead of four months. The median lead was three months. The CAB is rebased to the average lead (in months) of an average 100 in the base year (the year 2012 was used) of a reference time series. The latter is the Federal Reserve’s Industrial Production Index.