by Bill McBride on 1/13/2012 09:55:00 AM
Friday, January 13, 2012
The preliminary January Reuters / University of Michigan consumer sentiment index increased to 74.0, up from the December reading of 69.9.
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Most of the recent sharp decline was event due to the debt ceiling debate, and sentiment has rebounded as expected. Now it is all about jobs, wages - and gasoline prices.
Sentiment is still fairly weak, although above the consensus forecast of 71.5.