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Should Lower Consumer Confidence Act be a Red Flag for Stock Market Bulls?

The end of 2016 and the start of 2017 have been quite positive for the equity markets. The driving forces include promises of a more pro-business and tax-friendly regime, but ...
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Why Consumer Confidence Soared Off the Charts in March

Consumers are confident. Extremely confident. The economic news might have been expected to be weak considering eight straight days of a drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Apparently consumers did ...
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March Consumer Confidence Index Hits 16-Year High

The Conference Board has released its latest monthly consumer confidence numbers. March's Consumer Confidence Index reached 125.6 in March, up from 116.1 in February. The index is based on a ...
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How Politics Is Juicing Up Consumer Sentiment to Decade Highs

Friday's economic news may have been dominated by weak headline reports on gross domestic product and durable goods, but these numbers were for the end of 2016. The 2017 economic ...
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Consumer Confidence Continues Its Post-Election Surge in December

The Conference Board has released its consumer confidence index for December. The index rose to 113.7 from 109.4 in November. Bloomberg had a consensus estimate of 108.5, versus 107.1 in ...
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Consumer Confidence Rushes Higher — University of Michigan

The announcement: As unexpected as Donald Trump’s presidential election, consumers expressed much more positive economic expectations following his victory. While the surge in confidence ended by mid-December, it nonetheless led ...
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Should the Major Pop in Consumer Confidence Really Be a Big Surprise?

Whether economists were caught by surprise over the strength of Consumer Confidence was entirely predictable probably remains up for debate. What should not be up for debate is that investors ...
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Consumer Sentiment Surges Higher After Trump Victory

It turns out that it isn't just the attitude of business owners and managers that is improving in November. The post-election rally has been impossible to ignore, and that appears to ...
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Strong Recovery Seen in Consumer Sentiment for November

The University of Michigan has released its preliminary view of consumer sentiment for the month of November. While this is a very small sampling that is not always universally accurate, ...
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Consumer Confidence Unexpectedly Falls — and Falls Handily

The Conference Board has released its reading on consumer confidence for the month of October. Unfortunately, this is a bad drop that was unexpected for October and it is a ...
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Uptick in Leading Economic Indicators in September

Of the economic reports released on Thursday, one of the reports was the  Conference Board Leading Economic Index. This was a U.S. reading showing a 0.2% gain in September to ...
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CEO Confidence Ticked Lower in Q3 of 2016

The Conference Board is perhaps best known for its monthly readings on consumer confidence, but it also releases a quarterly CEO confidence survey. Unfortunately, CEO confidence fell in the third ...
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Why Solid Consumer Confidence Is Not Good for Stocks

In traditional economic analysis, the stock market is supposed to cheer strong economic news. In the new world of easy money, where the markets want the near-zero interest rate policies ...
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US Consumer Confidence in July Downplays Brexit Fears

Tuesday may have marked the first day of a two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, but investors and economists should take at least some comfort in that the consumer ...
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Big Uptick in Consumer Confidence For June, But Cutoff Date Was Pre-Brexit Reaction

Tuesday's economic readings already showed a better than expected GDP revision for the first quarter and a gain in the S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Now the Conference Board is ...
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