The Leading Economic Index rose 0.4 percent to 95.8 in the month after falling 0.4 percent in June, the Conference Board said.
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average added 25.09 points or 0.19 percent to 13,275.20. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index gained 14.20 points or 0.46 percent to 3,076.59. The Standard and Poor's 500 rose 2.65 points or 0.19 percent to 1,418.16.
The benchmark 10-year treasury yielded 1.815 percent in late afternoon trading.
On the New York Stock Exchange, the total listed volume was 2.78 billion shares.
Against the euro, the dollar rose to $1.2324 from $1.2357 Thursday. Against the yen, the dollar rose to 79.55 from 78.36 yen.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei closed at 9,162.50, adding 69.74 points, or 0.77 percent.
In London, the FTSE 100 index added 0.31 percent, 17.91, to 5,852.42.
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