Michigan Consumer Sentiment Drops To 67.4 In May, Missing Analyst Expectations

Vladimir Zernov
Updated: May 10, 2024, 16:00 GMT+00:00

Key Points:

  • Consumer Sentiment decreased from 77.2 in April to 67.4 in May.
  • Current Economic Conditions declined from 79.0 to 68.8.
  • Index of Consumer Expectations decreased from 76.0 to 66.5.
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On May 10, 2024, the University of Michigan released Michigan Consumer Sentiment report for May. The report indicated that Consumer Sentiment declined from 77.2 in April to 67.4 in May, compared to analyst consensus of 76.

Current Economic Conditions decreased from 79.0 in April to 68.8 in May, while Index of Consumer Expectations declined from 76.0 to 66.5.

The report indicated that the change in Consumer Sentiment was characterized by a broad consensus across consumers.

The University of Michigan noted that consumers “expressed worries that inflation, unemployment and interest rates may all be moving in an unfavorable direction in the year ahead”.

Year-ahead inflation expectations increased from 3.2% in April to 3.5% in May, while long-run inflation expectations increased from 3.0% to 3.1%.

U.S. Dollar Index settled near the 105.30 level after the release of the report. Treasury yields are moving higher, providing some support to the American currency.

Gold continued its attempts to settle above the $2370 level as traders reacted to the Consumer Sentiment report. Demand for gold is rising as traders bet that central banks will keep buying gold to boost its share in their reserves.

SP500  pulled back from session highs as traders reacted to the weaker-than-expected Consumer Sentiment data. Currently, SP500 is trying to settle below the 5225 level.

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About the Author

Vladimir is an independent trader and analyst with over 10 years of experience in the financial markets. He is a specialist in stocks, futures, Forex, indices, and commodities areas using long-term positional trading and swing trading.

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