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2011 Ends on a High Note: Will CEO Confidence Continue Its Rise?

December saw a 4.9 percent increase, but fewer CEOs are expecting an increase in revenues, profits and capital expenditures. As one CEO put it, “Uncertainty is the watch word.”

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Confidence Index December 16 2011

3 Reasons Why CEO Confidence Surged in November (And 3 Reasons Why It Won’t Stay That Way)

Confidence is on the upswing in November with a 7.1 percent jump in expected improvement for overall business conditions. Optimism is up in terms of revenues, profit, and capital expenditures. Over 40 percent of CEOs plan to increase hiring.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Confidence Index November 10 2011

45% of CEOs to Hire in the Next 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.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Confidence Index February 16 2012
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66 Percent of CEOs Plan to Freeze or Downsize Workforce Size Over the Next 12 Months

The beginning of August brought Washington’s debt ceiling circus followed shortly by S&P’s downgrade of American debt. And, in turn, CEO confidence in business conditions remained negative. Though the CEO Confidence Index rose slightly (0.4 percent) it remained at a dismal 5.30 out of a possible 10.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Confidence Index August 11 2011

73.5% of CEOs Expect Increased Revenues Over Next 12 Months

The CEO Confidence Index fell back below 6.0 to 5.98 in March. The Index dropped 0.8% from last month on economic and political concerns. February’s Index was calculated before President Obama released his budget for the 2013 fiscal year, a plan that relies heavily on taxes.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Confidence Index March 14 2012

CEO Confidence at Highest Level in Over 3 Years

CEO confidence is at its highest point since July 2007. The Index rose to 6.25 out of 10 in January — 6.9% higher than the previous month. Over 68% of the 377 CEOs surveyed rated their expectations for business conditions as at least ‘good.’

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Confidence Index February 10 2011

CEO Confidence Continues To Recover

ARE BUSINESS LEADERS BECOMING MORE SANGUINE about the economy? According to Chief Executive magazine’s CEO Index, which measured another strong [...]

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Confidence Index June 22 2009

CEO Confidence Continues to Rise, Though Significant Employment Growth Not Expected Until 2012

Continuing its upward trend, the Index is up 1.02% from its three and a half year high in January, reaching a score of 6.39 out of a possible 10. Over 70% of the CEOs surveyed predict that business conditions will be at least ‘good’ moving forward.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Confidence Index March 15 2011

CEO Confidence Down 6.6% in June, Profit Expectations Drop Since January

The CEO Confidence Index dropped 6.6% in June to 5.56 out of a possible 10. The number of CEOs expecting to see increased profits over the next year has fallen 6% since the beginning of 2012.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Confidence Index June 14 2012

CEO Confidence Drops for the Second Consecutive Month; Many CEOs Believe a Change in the White House is the Only Cure to Business Woes

The CEO Confidence Index fell 3.7% in July to 5.36 out of a possible 10. The Index has fallen a whopping 11.1% from its 2012 high of 6.03 in February. The overwhelming message from CEOs: uncertainty is crippling our businesses, and we need a change in the White House to fix it.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Confidence Index July 26 2012

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