Consumer Sentiment

Mondo Visione  3 hrs ago  Comment 
Chinese consumer sentiment edged higher in October, led by a significant improvement in consumers’ willingness to spend, leaving confidence at the highest level since April  2016.  The Westpac MNI China Consumer Sentiment Indicator rose...
The Hindu Business Line  Oct 17  Comment 
Current regulatory policies and the higher tax regime on the gold sector seem to have taken sheen off from the yellow metal, which has witnessed a subdued consumer sentiment even after the onset of t...  Oct 14  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - The dollar is rising against all of its major rivals Friday afternoon. A number of U.S. economic reports were released this morning, after what had been a pretty light week for data. The reports were largely in line or...  Oct 14  Comment 
BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) - The Swiss stock market ended Friday's session sharply higher. The market got off to a positive start and extended its gains in the afternoon. However, the market pared its gains in late trade, following the release of the...
Benzinga  Oct 14  Comment 
The December U.S. Dollar Index is trading at 97.77, up 0.25. The U.S. Dollar Index is trading choppy. Market talk about politics and global headline news is making the rounds. The University of Michigan reported that October consumer...
Wall Street Journal  Oct 14  Comment 
Americans’ outlook for the economy darkened this month, particularly among middle- and lower-income households, suggesting growing anxiety a month before the presidential election.
MarketWatch  Oct 14  Comment 
Consumer sentiment sinks to 13-month low as election uncertainty takes a toll
Forex News  Oct 12  Comment 
The Australian dollar rallied today following the release of the positive consumer sentiment report that made interesting comments about probability of an interest rate cut from the Reserve Bank of Australia. The Westpac Melbourne...
The Economic Times  Oct 5  Comment 
Automobile companies and consumer durable manufacturers are banking on RBI's 'festive gift' of 0.25% cut in policy rate to lift consumer sentiment further and boost buying in the ongoing festival season.


Consumer sentiment is the measurement of consumers' attitudes towards their financial positions and the present situation as well as expectations of the economic conditions.[1] Similar to consumer confidence, consumer sentiment is directly related to consumer spending. Since consumer spending accounts for almost two-third of U.S GDP, the level of consumer sentiment then becomes a key indicator to gauge the health of the economy.

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Consumer Sentiment [2]

Measures of consumer sentiment

Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (MCSI)

Consumer sentiment is measured using the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (MSCI). The report is released twice a month from data collected from telephone surveys conducted with 500 U.S consumers. The survey is carried out by the University of Michigan and queries in the survey include consumers' financial situation and attitudes about the economy. Approximately 60% of total survey results are released in the preliminary report on the 10th of each month whereas the final report for the prior month is released on the first of the month.[3]

Why is it important?

The pattern in consumer attitudes has the foremost influence on both the stock and bond markets. Consumer sentiment figure impacts the stock market positively when sentiment is up, and negatively when sentiment is down. The industry that is most affected by consumer sentiment is the retail industry, as their profits are directly affected by consumer spending. In 2007, the credit crunch and spiking gasoline prices drove down consumer sentiment to record lows. However, as the index began to increase again in 2008, it helped investors to confirm that the economy is easing out of recession.[4]

See also: Consumer Confidence


  1. ForexForum: Forex Glossary
  2. Iacono Research
  3. Investopedia: Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index
  4. Econoday: 2010 Economic Calendar

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