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January Consumer Sentiment Dragged Down by Market Volatility and Wage Expectations

It turns out the rosy consumer sentiment reading from earlier in January was a tad less rosy than the flash report indicated. The Index of Consumer Sentiment from the University ...
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Consumer Confidence Ignores Financial Market Volatility in January

If you just watched the U.S. stock market and the trends coming from China's stock market, it would be very easy to become discouraged (or outright negative). Still, the stock ...
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Is an Uptick in Consumer Sentiment Misguided?

Do the stock market tank and the rally in bonds making for lower and lower yields matter to everyone? Maybe not. The University of Michigan has released its preliminary views ...
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Consumer Confidence Rebounds, but Still Somewhat Mixed

In December, consumer confidence rebounded to a reading of 96.5, compared to the consensus estimate from Bloomberg of 93.5, up from 92.6 in November. This current reading is also above ...
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Consumer Confidence Pops Higher in December

Consumers saw a bounce in confidence at the end of December. The Conference Board has released its Consumer Confidence Index with a reading of 96.5, up from 92.6 in November. ...
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Consumer Sentiment Remains Firm Into Year’s End

The University of Michigan has released its final December reading on consumer sentiment. Its Index of Consumer Sentiment was revised to 92.6. Bloomberg and Dow Jones were both calling for ...
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Consumer Sentiment Now Better in Lower Incomes vs. Higher Incomes

It was just this week that 24/7 Wall St. pointed out that Consumer Confidence from the Conference Board did not match up with the preliminary report from the University of ...
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When Consumer Confidence and Consumer Sentiment Do Not Match Up

When economists and the public go after the same sort of economic data and come up with entirely different views, it generally means that someone has to be very wrong. ...
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Optimists and Pessimists

Consumer Sentiment Climbs Again

Maybe inflation is low to nonexistent, and maybe many retailers are suffering from weak sales, but don't bother with that when it comes to consumer sentiment. The University of Michigan ...
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Small Business Confidence and Hiring Stalls in October

The case for optimism might not be bad when it comes to small businesses, but the case is far from looking more positive. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) ...
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Consumer Sentiment Gets Right-Sized for October

The University of Michigan has released its final report on consumer sentiment for October. This was its second look for the month, as each month gets revised. Consumer sentiment was ...
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Gain in Consumer Sentiment Not Echoed in Consumer Confidence

A pleasant surprise came earlier in October via a consumer sentiment reading from the University of Michigan. But it is not being echoed in the larger consumer confidence reading in ...
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Optimists and Pessimists

Big Surprise in Consumer Sentiment

The University of Michigan's latest report on consumer sentiment offers a preliminary view for October. While the pool of respondents is lower than many statisticians would say is enough for ...
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Consumer Confidence Shocks Analysts

The Conference Board released a number for consumer confidence in September that was a big surprise to most. Thomson Reuters consensus estimates pegged the number at 96.0, while Dow Jones ...
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Is Consumer Sentiment Moving Beyond China and the Stock Market Woes?

The University of Michigan released its updated consumer sentiment report for the month of September. It turns out that sentiment popped higher from the initial report, suggesting that the worries ...
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