What is it: Quarterly revenue for private plane manufacturer Lear Corp.
What makes it hipster: Unlike data on manufacturing of other transport goods, private plane sales captures how comfortable mega-firms are feeling — and the lengths to which they’re telling their competitors that they can live like kings.
Fronterra Dairy Index
What is it: Fonterra is owned by about 10,500 farmers but controls nearly one third of the world’s dairy exports. The index generating more than 7 percent of New Zealand’s gross domestic product.
of dairy products including milk fat, cheddar and lactose.
What makes it hipster: Dairy is a strong proxy for a country’s development: coffee cream, processed cheese, cereal topping and even pet food are all trappings of the middle class.
Suez Canal data
What is it: Quaterly toll revenue from Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority.
What makes it hipster: We are so over the Baltic Dry Index. Instead, we think traffic through the Suez — one of the world’s most important chokepoints for transferring goods — can tell us a lot more about the state of global shipping, and by proxy the state of global consumption demand.
Palm Oil prices
Caterpillar Machinery Sales
What is it: Quarterly sales data from the machine production giant.
What makes it hipster: These guys power construction around the world. If orders for bulldozers and other earth movers are up, growth can’t be far behind.
AutoLivs Revenue Performance
What is it: Swedish firm Autoliv makes car safety equipment
What makes it hipster: What would that indicate? Well, the value of safety systems in large-sized cars is often more than twice as high as in compacts, according to the company. So if drivers are downsizing or shifting to smaller and more efficient vehicles, AutoLiv revenues are going to decline.
FedEx Air Traffic Revenue
What is it: Postal carrier data from the worldwide leader.
What makes it hipster: Forget ISM data – FedEx revenue data remains the ultimate bellwether for the state of the global economy.