The Chicago Fed National Activity Index for October fell to negative 0.18 from a revised positive 0.18 reading in September, while the three-month moving average (CFNAI-MA3) improved to positive 0.06 from a revised negative 0.02 in September, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago reported Wednesday.

In October 2012, the index was negative 0.47, while the CFNAI-MA3 was negative 0.46 in that month.

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