US Consumer Confidence at 17 Year Highs
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US consumer confidence rose more than expected in October to the highest mark since Y 2000, as Americans grew more confident about the economy and job market, according to figures Tuesday from the New York-based Conference Board.
|Highlights of Consumer Confidence (October)|
Jumps in the Conference Board’s measures of the present situation and expectations signal Americans are becoming more upbeat about the economy and employment as the labor market improves and stock prices climb to records.
Improvement in household confidence helps underpin their spending, the biggest part of the economy.
The results are consistent with other reports that showed economic activity and confidence are bouncing back, in part a sign that the hit from the recent hurricanes is dissipating.
The University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index (MSI) climbed in October to the strongest since the start of Y 2004, while the Consumer Comfort Index is near the highest level of the expansion.
“Confidence remains high among consumers, and their expectations suggest the economy will continue expanding at a solid pace for the remainder of the year,” the director of economic indicators at the Conference Board, said in a statement.
- 22.2% of consumers said they expect better business conditions in next 6 months, up from 20.9% in September
- Share of households who expect incomes to rise in next 6 months was little changed at 20.3%, after 20.5%
- Share of those who said more jobs will be available in coming months was 18.9%, after 19.2%
- Buying plans showed a greater share anticipate the purchase of cars in the next 6 months, while fewer expect to buy homes and major appliances
Tuesday, the major US stock market indexes finished at: DJIA+28.50 at 23377.24, NAS Comp +28.71 at 6727.66, S&P 500 +2.43 at 2575.26
Volume: Trade on the NYSE came in at: 960-M/shrs exchanged
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