NFIB Small Business Optimism – January 2012

The January NFIB Small Business Optimism was released February 14.  The headline of the Press Release is “Small Business Confidence in a Lull.” The Index of Small Business Optimism increased .1 points in January, rising to 93.9. Here are some excerpts from the report that I find particularly notable: Historically, optimism remains at recession levels. While owners … Read more NFIB Small Business Optimism – January 2012

4 Confidence Charts – February 13, 2012 Update

Here are four charts reflecting confidence survey readings.  These are from the SentimenTrader.com site. I find these charts valuable as they provide a long-term history of each survey, which is rare. Each survey chart is plotted in blue, below the S&P500: (click on each chart to enlarge image) Conference Board Consumer Confidence, last updated 1-31-12: – … Read more 4 Confidence Charts – February 13, 2012 Update

4 Confidence Charts – December 2011

Here are four charts reflecting confidence survey readings.  These are from the SentimenTrader.com site. I find these charts valuable as they provide a long-term history of each survey, which is rare. Each survey chart is plotted in blue, below the S&P500: (click on each chart to enlarge image) Conference Board Consumer Confidence, last updated 12-27-11: – … Read more 4 Confidence Charts – December 2011

NFIB Small Business Optimism – October 2011

The October NFIB Small Business Optimism was released November 8.  The headline of the Press Release is “Small Business Optimism Has Minor Uptick: Optimism Index Slight Uptick Still Weighed Down by Dominant Negative Forecast.” The Index of Small Business Optimism increased 1.3 points in October, rising to 90.2. Here are some excerpts from the report that I … Read more NFIB Small Business Optimism – October 2011

4 Confidence Charts – August 2011

Here are four charts reflecting confidence survey readings.  These are from the SentimenTrader.com site. I find these charts valuable as they provide a long-term history of each survey, which is rare. Each survey chart is plotted in blue, below the S&P500: (click on each chart to enlarge image) Conference Board Consumer Confidence, last updated 8-30-11: – … Read more 4 Confidence Charts – August 2011

NFIB Small Business Optimism – June 2011

The June NFIB Small Business Optimism was released July 12.  The headline of the Press Release is “Small Business Optimism Stagnates: Main Street Desperately in Search of Reasons to be Positive.” The Index of Small Business Optimism declined .1 points in June, falling to 90.8. Here are some excerpts from the report that I find particularly notable: Earnings … Read more NFIB Small Business Optimism – June 2011

4 Confidence Charts – June 2011

Here are four charts reflecting confidence survey readings.  These are from the SentimenTrader.com site. I find these charts valuable as they provide a long-term history of each survey, which is rare. Each survey chart is plotted in blue, below the S&P500: (click on each chart to enlarge image) Conference Board Consumer Confidence, last updated 5-30-11: – … Read more 4 Confidence Charts – June 2011

NFIB Small Business Optimism – March 2011

The March NFIB Small Business Optimism was released April 12.  The headline of the Press Release is “Hiring Up, But Optimism Down in March.” The Index of Small Business Optimism declined 2.6 points in March, falling to 91.9. Here are some excerpts from the report that I find particularly notable: “The index is consistent with recession-level readings. The … Read more NFIB Small Business Optimism – March 2011

4 Confidence Charts – March 2011

Here are four charts reflecting confidence survey readings.  These are from the SentimenTrader.com site. I find these charts valuable as they provide a long-term history of each survey, which is rare. Each survey chart is plotted in blue, below the S&P500: (click on each chart to enlarge image) Conference Board Consumer Confidence, last updated 2-22-11: … Read more 4 Confidence Charts – March 2011

NFIB Small Business Optimism – December 2010

The December NFIB Small Business Optimism was released January 11.  The headline of the Press Release is “NFIB Small Business Optimism Index Remains Weak.” The Press Release contains a variety of statistics.  One excerpt from the Press Release that I found especially notable was: “Weak sales remains the top problem, stagnating hiring and spending on … Read more NFIB Small Business Optimism – December 2010