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Consumer Sentiment  
Released On 3/29/2018 10:00:00 AM For Mar(f), 2018
PriorConsensusConsensus Range
Sentiment Index - Level102.0 102.0 101.0  to 102.0 

Consensus Outlook
Consensus for the final March reading of the consumer sentiment index is 102.0 which would be unchanged from the month's preliminary reading. General confidence among lower income respondents helped drive gains in the preliminary report where strength was centered in the current conditions component, offsetting a decline in expectations which were pulled lower by emerging income doubts among higher income respondents. Inflation expectations were a highlight of the preliminary report, rising 2 tenths for the year-ahead outlook to a 4-year high of 2.9 percent.

The University of Michigan's Consumer Survey Center questions 500 households each month on their financial conditions and attitudes about the economy. Consumer sentiment is directly related to the strength of consumer spending. Consumer confidence and consumer sentiment are two ways of talking about consumer attitudes. Among economic reports, consumer sentiment refers to the Michigan survey while consumer confidence refers to The Conference Board's survey. Preliminary estimates for a month are released at mid-month. Final estimates for a month are released near the end of the month.  Why Investors Care
Consumer sentiment is mainly affected by inflation and employment conditions. However, consumers are also impacted by current events such as bear & bull markets, geopolitical events such as war and terrorist attacks. Investors monitor consumer sentiment because it tends to have an impact on consumer spending over the long run [although not necessarily on a monthly basis.]

2018 Release Schedule
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