US CEOs Cautious About Economy in Q3

For the third consecutive quarter, U.S. CEOs expressed growing caution about the country’s economic prospects in the short term and more said they expected to curtail capital investments over the next six months, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

The Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Index – a composite of CEO projections for sales, investment and hiring plans over the next six months – fell 6.6 to 67.5 points in the fourth quarter, its lowest level in three years.

The long-term average for the index is 80.1 points.

The proportion of CEOs who said they expected their capital spending to decrease over the next six months rose to 27 percent from 20 percent in the third quarter.

Sixty percent of CEOs surveyed said they expected sales to increase over the next six months, down from 63 percent during the previous quarter.

CEOs said that regulation was the top cost pressure facing their business, followed by labor and health care costs.

Randall Stephenson, chairman of the Business Roundtable and CEO of AT&T Inc (T.N), said in a statement that if “we really want to see the U.S. economy and hiring really take off, Washington needs to adopt a smarter approach to regulation.”

via Reuters

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 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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