Economic sentiment improved 1.1 points, rising from 50.7 to 51.8 during the past two weeks, according to the HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (ESI). This increase marks the largest movement during the two-week reading since April 4, 2017 when the index fell 2.2 points. Recently, the ESI has remained fairly stable, and the 1.1 point movement marks the first reading since August 8, 2017 that the ESI has changed by greater than 0.5 points. Additionally, the increase ends the ESI’s streak of four consecutive declines.
The 1.1 point improvement helped push the ESI above its 2017 average of 51.3 for the first time since August 22, 2017. Improving economic sentiment toward three of the five ESI indicators drove the overall index’s largest increase since March 21, 2017.
Three of the five ESI indicators improved during the reading, while the other two indicators held constant. Consumer confidence in the housing market improved the most, rising 2.8 points to 48.6, although confidence remains below the indicator’s 2017 average of 49.4. Consumer confidence in the labor market and in personal finances also climbed by more than a point, increasing 1.6 points to 45.6 and 1.2 points to 66.5, respectively.
Confidence in the broader U.S. economy and in making a major purchase did not change, holding constant at 47.9 and 50.6, respectively. Overall, the indicators’ movements once again show that consumers are more confident in the housing market than in the broader U.S. economy.
During the two-week reading period, the ESI’s three-day moving average rose 0.4 points from its starting point of 50.9 on Wednesday, October 4, to 51.3 on Tuesday, October 17, the last day of the reading. After beginning the reading at 50.9, the moving average rose 3.1 points in two days to reach its peak of 54.0 on Friday, October 6. Following its peak, the three-day moving average dropped to its rough of 50.3 on Sunday, October 15, before climbing back to 51.7 on the final day.
The next release of the ESI will be October 31, 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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