US Consumer Confidence Rises in July

Consumer confidence gained more than expected in July, but consumers remained concerned about future economic growth.

The Confidence Board’s index increased to 127.4 in July, beating an estimated 126.5 by Reuters economists. The index was up from a disappointing revised reading of 127.1 in June, sunken by lower income prospects.

Consumers reported better feelings toward the current economic situation; however, they were not optimistic about long-term growth.



“Consumers’ assessment of present-day conditions improved, suggesting that economic growth is still strong, said Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board Lynn Franco. “However, while expectations continue to reflect optimism in the short-term economic outlook, back-to-back declines suggest consumers do not foresee growth accelerating.”

The survey measures American’s sentiment on current economic conditions and prospects for the next six months, including business and labor market conditions. Since consumer spending accounts for about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity, economists’ pay close attention to the number.

via CNBC

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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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