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Economic Confidence Keeps the Streak Alive

The U.S. Economic Confidence Index, tracked by Gallup since 2008, remained at its +3 level for its third consecutive week running. However, the index has been positive for the past ...
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The Bullish and Bearish Case for Wal-Mart in 2015

With the bull market nearing its sixth year, investors have to be wondering how to evaluate stocks ahead. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gained about 7.5% in 2014, and ...
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Consumer Confidence Retreats from Recovery High

The Conference Board released its consumer confidence index for November as 88.7, below the Bloomberg consensus estimate of 96.5. The previous reading in October was a recovery high at 94.1. The ...
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Disappointing View on Global Growth Outlook for 2015 (and Beyond)

The Conference Board Global Economic Outlook released its output growth projections for the coming years. World economic growth is currently pegged at 3.2% for 2014 and is looking to accelerate ...
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Why Consumer Confidence Rebounded in October

The Conference Board released some good news Tuesday morning for October’s consumer confidence, unlike the durable goods report earlier in the morning. The Consumer Confidence Index had dropped in September, ...
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CEOs Look Less Confident in Third Quarter

Are chief executives too negative on the economy right now? A new survey from The Conference Board and PricewaterhouseCoopers is out on Wednesday called the Measure of CEO Confidence, and ...
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Consumer Confidence Hits the Skids

The Conference Board released the reading on consumer confidence for the month of September -- and the report looks like confidence hit the skids. The reading was 86.0, which fell ...
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Consumer Confidence Strength Driven by Today Rather Than Tomorrow

The Conference Board has released its reading on Consumer confidence for the month of August. This is much broader than the recent consumer sentiment reading. Tuesday's headline reading "Improves Again" ...
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Consumer Sentiment Looking Soft in August

The Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index was released on Friday morning. Consumer sentiment for mid-August was reported at 79.2. The Bloomberg economists estimate was much higher at 82.3, and the range of ...
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Small Business Optimism Ticks Up Only Slightly

With sentiment improving and GDP growth rate picking up in the second quarter, investors and economists alike are looking for anything to confirm or refute the upswing in the economy. ...
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Consumer Confidence Surges to Post-Recession High, Strong 2014 Outlook

The Conference Board is out with its monthly reading of consumer confidence in the month of July. It posted its third consecutive gain, but perhaps the real news is that ...
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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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