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Consumer Confidence Rebounds in Wake of Wall Street Rally, End of Federal Shutdown


Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:29 WIB

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Consumer confidence surged in February and rose for the first time in four months, a sign that Americans have regained optimism after the recovery in the U.S. stock market, the end of the government shutdown and diminished worries about recession.

The consumer confidence index climbed to 131.4 this month from a revised 121.7 in January, the Conference Board said Tuesday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 124.7 reading.

Americans were a touch more positive about the economy right now, but they expect even better conditions in the months ahead. An index that tracks expectations six months from now jumped to 103.4 from 89.4.

Consumers aren't as confident as they were last fall, however. The index had hit an 18-year high in October before suffering three straight declines.

By most measures, the U.S. economy has slowed in early 2019, but it’s still expanding at a moderate pace.

The improvement in consumer confidence is another sign that growth could pick up a bit in the months ahead, keeping the U.S. on track to set a record for longest expansion ever. The recovery will turn 10 years old in June.

Source : Marketwatch


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