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February 2017 Conference Board Consumer Confidence Up

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Written by Doug Short / Jill Mislinski

The latest Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index was released this morning based on data collected through February 16. The headline number of 114.8 was an increase from the final reading of 111.6 for January, a downward revision from 111.8. Today's number was above the Investing.com consensus of 111.0.

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What We Read Today 27 February 2017

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary 'reading list' which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for 'reading list' items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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Infographic Of The Day: Best Places In The World To Be A Doctor

This infographic compares the top 5 countries to be a Doctor and looks at the cost of living as well as the quality of life.

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Infographic Of The Day: Best Places In The World To Be A Doctor

This infographic compares the top 5 countries to be a Doctor and looks at the cost of living as well as the quality of life.

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Video of the Day:

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Current Weather Outlook

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Last week NOAA indicated a very high level of confidence in their 6 to 10 Day and 8 to 14 day Forecast. We demurred. Not sure who will turn out to be correct but NOAA has lowered their level of confidence in what they now call Week One. (Last week this was called Week Two.)  When I saw the blocking pattern in Beringia it seemed to me that making a forecast would be challenging and the models forecasting the MJO were all over the place.

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 more investing, markets, precious metals & forex

28Feb2017 Pre-Market Commentary: Wall Street Down, Flat And Muted Before Opening, Crude Prices Slipping Sharply, US Dollar Mostly Unchanged And Investors Await Trump's Speech To Congress Tonight



 more opinion

Brave New World: The Pill-popping, Social Media Obsessed Dystopia We Live In

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Tony D Sampson, University of East London

The Orwellian dystopia of Doublespeak is very much in vogue right now thanks to concerns over Trump's use of 'alternative facts'. But alternative facts are just the tip of a dystopian iceberg that owes more to the soft brainwashing technologies of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World than it does to 1984's harsh Stalinist oppressions and propagandist trickery.

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 USA economy at a glance (boxed items are updates in last 7 days)

Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey Again Improves In February 2017.

Of the five regional Federal Reserve surveys released to date, all are in expansion.

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