Increasing employment and income data suggest that retail sales could accelerate even more from here.
Anticipating that the Fed will prolong its stimulus efforts, markets jumped this week on anemic economic news and so-so earnings.
But the economy is not all roses, either.
Retailers are right to expect a better November as consumers bounce back following Sandy and continue holiday shopping, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Some economists believe that recent, noisy data indicate a recession for the U.S. economy, but Morningstar' Bob Johnson says, not so fast.
Despite recent conflicting reports, holiday retail sales should manage decent 3.5% to 4% year-over-year growth once all the data is in, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Recent lackluster spending data suggest the consumer is not as strong as some may believe, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Why Morningstar's Bob Johnson is not the most optimistic guy on the street.
Lackluster ADP data suggest that August's mediocre job growth likely seeped into September, too, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
The report for December indicates that the economy is neither falling apart nor accelerating in any meaningful way, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.