Consumer Sentiment Index

Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index Rebounds

U.S. consumer confidence picked up much more strongly than expected in February as Americans shrugged off earlier worries over fiscal policy and tax increases. The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes accelerated to 69.6 from 58.4 in January, topping expectations.

Consumer Confidence Hits Highest Level Since February 2008

U.S. consumer confidence rose this month to its highest level in almost five years, pushed up by steady improvement in hiring. The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index rose to 73.7 in November from 73.1 in October. Both are the best readings since February 2008.

Oil Prices Rise as Americans' Confidence Improves

Benchmaark crude is up 48 cents to $85.57 around noon EST; the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index reveals that Americans feel better about the state of the world's largest economy than any point in the last five years.

Consumer Sentiment Plunges as Gas Prices Surge

Bad economic news across the board is weighing on Americans' mood this month. The consumer sentiment index fell to a 5-month low in March, thanks to increases in the U.S. trade deficit, higher jobless claims, and a more than 40-cent jump in the price of a gallon of gas.

Consumer Sentiment Index Jumps to Three-Year High

The markets may have had a rough weak as U.S. GDP growth was revised down and Middle East unrest caused oil prices to rise, but the consumer sentiment index rose to its highest level since January 2008. Sentiment has risen for about six months -- an encouraging sign -- but oil prices could sour the mood.

Consumer Sentiment Jumps to Highest Level Since June

It was another decent week for the U.S. economy as initial jobless claims fell below the psychologically significant 400,000 level, and the consumer sentiment index rose to its highest level in eight months, indicating that Americans are increasingly confident that better days are ahead.

Sentiment Index Gets a Small Boost From Improving Economy

The latest consumer sentiment index reading continues to show an American public that expects better days ahead, and fourth quarter GDP growth indicates a strengthening economy. But countervailing pressures remain: Initial jobless claims unexpectedly rose, and gas prices are high.

Consumer Sentiment Rises to Highest Level Since June

The consumer sentiment index rose a better than expected 3.9 points in November to 71.6 -- its highest level since June, as Americans sensed modest improvement in the job market. Its still below historic norms, though, and sustained job growth will be needed to send America's mood higher.

Consumer Sentiment Rises to Highest Level Since June

The consumer sentiment index rose to its highest level in five months in November, propelled by a slightly better economic outlook. However, despite the gain, sentiment remains at a low level, and not high enough to suggest a surge in consumer spending anytime soon.

Poorer Households Give Consumer Sentiment a Boost

September's consumer sentiment level unexpectedly rose to 68.2 from its preliminary 66.6 reading. However, the entire gain came from more positive responses among households earning under $75,000 -- those who wouldn't be affected by a failure to extend the Bush income tax cuts for the rich.

The Consumer Confidence, Retail Sales Disconnect

The yawning gap -- the largest since tracking began in 1992 -- between these two measures is telling us something. And chances are it's saying consumers know better than the economic indicators what's really going on in the U.S. economy.