The index of leading indicators for the economic outlook showed that consumer confidence continues to rise. The Conference Board's gauge was up, as was the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index. "The pluses continue to outweigh the minuses for the economy," said Jim O'Sullivan, chief economist at MF Global. "There's been a bit of a hit to the economy from rising energy prices, but it still doesn't look huge. The caveat is, this could change if oil prices continue to rise."
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