Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index is Up Fractionally

Consumer and small business sentiment remains at or near levels associated with the bottoms of other recent recessions. For consumers and small businesses this really is The Great Recession.

Small Business Sentiment: Up Modestly but Still Depressed

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index is trying to break above recessionary levels. It is now leading the Conference Board’s Consumer Sentiment Index.

Consumer Confidence Index: The Best Level Since May 2010

Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index was released this morning based on data collected through January 18. The 60.6 reading was significantly above the consensus estimate of 53.5, according to Briefing.com. Bloomberg had expected a rise to 54 based on a survey range from 50 to 57.3.