US Small Business Sentiment Rises in July

U.S. small business sentiment rose in July, in a boost to the economic outlook at the start of the third quarter.

The National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday its Small Business Optimism Index increased by 0.7 point to 95.7 last month.

The NFIB index is a leading indicator for the economy and last month’s rise followed a decline in June. The survey added to employment, manufacturing and services sector data in suggesting momentum in the economy early in the third quarter.

 
The economy grew at a 4.0 percent annual pace in the second quarter.

Six of the index’s 10 components increased, with a big gain in the share of firms saying it was a good time to expand. There were modest increases in the number of firms increasing inventories, making capital investments and creating new jobs.

Businesses also expect easier credit conditions in the future. There were, however, declines in the share of firms saying job openings were hard to fill and those expecting higher sales growth.

via Reuters

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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