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Consumers and small business owners have expressed rising confidence levels about the economy in recent data, with the data jumping significantly since the election.
Economic data on manufacturing activity were mixed last week, but for those who are optimists, there were also signs that demand, output and hiring might accelerate moving forward.
After a burst of post-election enthusiasm, several reports out last week reminded us that the economy continues to have some challenges, despite recent progress.
With the holiday season approaching, financial markets continue to gift us with new all-time highs, boosted by cautious optimism in the outlook and healthy gains in a number of economic indicators.
We have seen a steady stream of good economic numbers in the past few weeks, and the data that came out last week was no exception.
There was a lot to be thankful for last week, with a number of positive economic indicators to report. Americans appear to be cautiously optimistic about growth moving forward.
In the post-election economic environment, financial markets have expressed a sense of cautious optimism.
In a week with little new data, the surprising upset in the general election dominated both headlines and financial market discussions.
The U.S. economy grew 2.9 percent at the annual rate in the third quarter, up from 1.4 percent in the second quarter and its fastest pace in two years.
As expected, manufacturing production rebounded slightly in September, up 0.2 percent, after declining 0.5 percent in August.
The American consumer has been one of the bright spots in an otherwise sluggish pace of economic growth over the past year.
The U.S. economy grew 1.4 percent at the annual rate in the second quarter, up from 1.1 percent in the prior estimate, according to the latest revision from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
The biggest economic news last week was also the most predictable. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) left short-term interest rates unchanged at the conclusion of its September 20–21 meeting as expected.