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

4 Confidence Charts – October 2010

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 9-28-10: … Read more 4 Confidence Charts – October 2010

NFIB Small Business Optimism – September 2010

The September NFIB Small Business Optimism was released on October 12.  The headline of the Press Release is “Small Business Optimism Index Remains at Recessionary Level.” Here are some especially notable excerpts from the Press Release: “The Index has been below 93 every month since January 2008 (32 months), and below 90 for 26 of … Read more NFIB Small Business Optimism – September 2010

4 Confidence Charts

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 6-29-10: … Read more 4 Confidence Charts

Four Confidence Survey Charts

Here are four charts reflecting confidence from the SentimenTrader.com site.  They provide a longer-term historical timeframe, which I have found to be rare. Here are the charts.  Each is plotted vs. the S&P500: Conference Board Consumer Confidence, last updated 4/27/10: University of Michigan Consumer Confidence, last updated 4/16/10: ABC News Consumer Comfort Index, last updated … Read more Four Confidence Survey Charts

NFIB Small Business Optimism – A Few Comments

On April 13, the NFIB put out a notable press release. Although the entire press release is worth reading, here are some notable excerpts: “The March reading is very low and headed in the wrong direction,” said Bill Dunkelberg, NFIB chief economist. “Something isn’t sitting well with small business owners. Poor sales and uncertainty continue … Read more NFIB Small Business Optimism – A Few Comments