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Our Outlook for Consumer Stocks

Consumers' confidence hasn't reached their wallets yet.

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As we remarked in our second-quarter outlook for consumer stocks, consumer confidence is a "nice-to-have" and income is a "need-to-have" for a sustainable economic recovery. According to the Conference Board, consumer expectations have improved markedly, but those same consumers believe present conditions are bouncing along the bottom.

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Joel Bloomer does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.