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Consumer Confidence Returns to 2008 Levels

The Conference Board has released its Consumer Confidence Index for June, and the numbers are looking good. Confidence continues to improve, rising to 85.2 in June from 82.2 in May. ...
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Falling Cost of Mortgages Helps Offset Rising Cost of Homes

Freddie Mac this morning released its weekly update on national mortgage rates, showing continued modest declines in interest rates, nearly across the board. Both 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, or FRMs, and ...
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Consumer Confidence Posts Strong Outlook

Tuesday morning already brought a higher than expected durable goods economic report. Now we have a consumer confidence reading from the Conference Board, covering the month of May. Confidence rose ...
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America’s Hottest Selling Cars

Subaru, Mercedes, Audi and Toyota dealers had trouble keeping their cars on the lot in April. Based on sales growth data and consumer ratings of autos sold in the United ...
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Weak Consumer Sentiment Reading Drags on Economy

The market has a nearly live reading on consumer sentiment and confidence. The Reuters/University of Michigan reading on consumer sentiment is out. This is a preliminary reading for the month ...
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Consumer Confidence Sours on Job Outlook

The Conference Board reported Tuesday morning that its consumer confidence index for the month of April fell slightly from 83.9 in March to 82.3. The expectations index was essentially unchanged, ...
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Leading Economic Indicators Running Higher

A Thursday economic report from The Conference Board was its index of leading indicators for the month of February. We always warn readers that leading indicators may not be as ...
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Consumer Confidence Tanked in February When It Was Supposed to Rise

The Conference Board has released its Consumer Confidence Index for February, and the news is not good. After increasing to 79.4 in January, the reading fell to 78.1 in February. ...
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Consumer Confidence Starts 2014 With Handy Gains

The Conference Board has released its Consumer Confidence Index for January. The good news for the economy is that it is far better than the horrific durable goods report from ...
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Consumer Sentiment Holds Strong in December

The revised consumer sentiment report from Reuters/University of Michigan is out, and the second December reading hit 82.5 for the month. The prior report was also 82.5, and the Bloomberg ...
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Consumer Sentiment Takes a Huge Santa Jump Higher in December

The Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment report rose to 82.5 for the preliminary December report, from a final November reading of 75.1. Dow Jones was calling for only 76.5, and ...
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Retails Sales, Looking Beyond Thanksgiving And Black Friday

The deals are good enough and promotions aggressive enough that the millions of Americans who are supposed to shop on Thanksgiving and Black Friday will. However, retailers face the same puzzle ...
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Private Sector Report Challenges Labor Department Jobs Strength

Last Friday's report from the Department of Labor was so strong, with more than 200,000 payrolls created in October, that we figured the report had to be riddled with errors. ...
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Consumer Sentiment Not Recovering with Jobs

After the Labor Department stunned the market with much stronger payrolls data, the market is going to get to deal with a new reading on consumer sentiment. The Reuters/University of ...
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U.S Retail Sales Confirm Shaky Consumer Confidence

Retails sales in the United States totaled $425.9 billion in September, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. That was a seasonally adjusted 0.1% decrease from the previous ...
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