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Consumer Sentiment  
Released On 4/27/2018 10:00:00 AM For Apr(f), 2018
PriorConsensusConsensus Range
Sentiment Index - Level97.8 98.0 97.0  to 102.0 

Consensus Outlook
Based on a dip at in the mid-month preliminary release, the consumer sentiment index for final April is expected to come in at 98.0 vs March's 14-year high of 101.4. The assessment of current conditions fell back in the preliminary report as did inflation expectations.

Definition
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
 
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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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