Entries in Confidence (2)


Housing: Builder Sentiment Improves, but Still Fairly Low

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A new report from the National Association of Home Builders is the latest sign the worst of the housing slump may be over.

Builder confidence is at a five-year high; the best it’s been since May 2007, according to a report out Tuesday. Permit requests for new homes and apartments are also up.

The numbers, however, are still significantly lower than where they were during the 2004 housing boom

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Gallup: American Confidence in Economy Up So Far in November

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PRINCETON, NJ) – Americans are more optimistic about the economy than they were a year ago, according to Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index.

The index, which is derived from consumer ratings of the current economic situation and economic outlook, is up to -26 from -29 in October. However, the current figure is actually a decline from a midterm election surge that brought the figure to -22.
The optimism may stick around as the percent of Americans who view the economy as “getting worse” also declined, down to 57 percent from 60 percent in October.

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