Consumer confidence remained steady over the past two weeks, improving slightly from 51.2 to 51.5, according to the HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (ESI). Despite only a small increase of 0.3 points, consumers have consistently felt more confident in 2017 than in 2016. The ESI’s 2017 average of 51.6 remains more than 4.0 points above its 2016 average of 47.5. Furthermore, economic sentiment among consumers failed to exceed the 50.0 threshold in 2016 until November 29, when consumer confidence reached 51.3. Since that date, the ESI has fallen below 50.0 only one time: Tuesday, February 7, when it dipped to 49.9.
Four of the ESI’s five indicators increased during the reading, with consumer confidence in personal finances improving the most, rising 1.8 points to 66.1. Consumers also remained most confident in their personal finances in comparison with the other four indicators, while continuing to feel least confident in the labor market. Economic sentiment toward the labor market, the broader U.S. economy, and the housing market all increased by less than 1.0 point. Confidence rose by 0.8 points to 45.0 in the labor market, 0.6 points to 49.6 in the broader U.S. economy, and 0.3 points to 49.0 in the housing market. Economic sentiment toward making a major purchase was the sole indicator to fall, declining 1.8 points to 47.9.
The ESI’s three-day rolling average finished the two-week reading period exactly where it began at 51.4. During the course of the reading, the rolling average never dropped below 50.7. The ESI’s rolling average peaked at 52.4 on Saturday, March 4, before dropping a point to 51.4 by the end of the reading.
The next release of the ESI will be March 21, 2017.
About the Index
The HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (“ESI”) is a “living” index that measures U.S. adults’ expectations for the economy going forward, as well as their feelings about current conditions for major purchases. The primary goal of the Index is to accurately measure movements in overall national economic sentiment, and to provide a more sophisticated alternative to existing economic sentiment indices. Unlike other prominent indices that release consumer sentiment estimates infrequently, the HPS-CivicScience Index is updated in real time as responses are collected continuously every hour, every day. Large-scale cross-tabulation of survey responses and consumer attributes enable more granular analyses than are currently possible through prevailing measures.
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About Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS)
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