US Consumer Comfort on Highs
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Americans’ sentiment improved to the best mark in 2 months on brighter views of the economy and personal finances, the Consumer Comfort Index reveled Thursday.
|Highlights of Consumer Comfort for the Week Ended 24 June 2018|
Views about the economy are hovering near the best level since Y 2000 as a strong labor market and durable expansion offset any concerns about the effects of trade tensions.
Lower taxes and a recent decline in gasoline prices are leaving more money in consumers’ pockets, with the survey showing sentiment among those earning less than $50,000 advancing to the highest in data back to Y 2010.
- The gap between high and low-income earners remains about even with historical levels after easing from a record about a year earlier
- Sentiment among Democrats rose this week to match the highest reading since early March; comfort eased among Republicans from an all-time high the prior week
Thursday, the major US stock market indexes finished at: DJIA +98.46 at 24216.05, NAS Comp +58.60 at 7503.71, S&P 500 +16.68 at 2716.05
Volume: Trade on the NYSE came in at 809-M/shares exchanged
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