Wall Street Aims for Clarity as Investor Sentiment Reaches Near 12-Month Peaks

On Thursday, the main stock indices saw mixed results. The sentiment among US retail investors is currently at near 12-month highs, according to a survey. This optimism is reflected in the S&P 500 index, which was up 0.03 percent after the start of trading. However, the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.05 percent and the Dow Jones was down 0.08 percent, indicating that not all sectors are performing equally well.

Despite these inconsistent results, consumer confidence in the United States remains strong. The Michigan confidence index scored 79.4 in March, surpassing economists’ estimates and reaching its highest reading since July 2021. This positive outlook is also reflected in investor confidence, with half of respondents in a recent survey expressing optimism about the stock market’s development over the next six months.

Another positive indicator for US consumer and investor confidence comes from pending housing transactions in February, which increased by 1.6 percent compared to January. While there were negative signs earlier in March with Chicago purchasing managers’ index fell below expectations and scoring 41.4, overall there are positive indicators for growth in the housing market moving forward.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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