The CEO Confidence Index rose 6.5% in February to 5.63 out of a possible 10. The eight-month high demonstrates a notable uptick in CEOs' optimism about business conditions, but forecasts for growth and hiring remain limited.
With the much-dreaded fiscal cliff crisis resolved by temporary measures, one might think that CEOs would be more optimistic about present conditions than those...
Rebounding slightly from November's year low, the CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive's monthly gauge of CEO expectations for overall business conditions over the next twelve months, rose 2% in December to a mean value of 5.09 (out of a possible 10).
The presidential election has come and gone, and the result that surveyed CEOs had consistently expressed anxiety about has come to pass.
The CEO Confidence Index dropped 6.6% in October to 2012's new low: 5.11 out of a possible 10. It is apparent that September's 2.5% rise to 5.47 was momentary; the October drop fits an overall downward trend in confidence that has pervaded most of the year.
The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive's monthly gauge of CEO expectations for overall business conditions over the next twelve months, rose 2.5% in September to 5.47 from August's 5.34, out of a possible 10.
The CEO Confidence Index fell just 0.3% in August to 5.34 out of a possible 10 from July's 5.36. The Index is now down 11.4% from its 2012 high of 6.03 in February. CEOs of small businesses have even less confidence than their bigger business counterparts.
The CEO Confidence Index rose 1.7% in May to 5.96 out of a possible 10. This increase in expectations comes after a decline in CEO confidence in both March and April. The Index is up 3% for the year.
The CEO Confidence Index gained 4.3% in February, landing at 6.03 out of 10. This is the first time that the Index has ventured above 6.0 since May of 2011. One especially encouraging metric is hiring; over 45% of CEOs expect to expand their workforce over the next 12 months.
The CEO Confidence Index continues to rise, landing at 5.78 out of 10. The Index hasn't been this high since May of 2011, and some CEOs indicate that business conditions are better than the media lets on.