ETF Trends
ETF Trends

Soaring prices for the basic necessities might be helping your agriculture and energy exchange traded funds (ETFs), but the trade-off is beaten-down consumer confidence.

A research group reported today that consumer sentiment has dropped to a five-year low in its fourth consecutive drop. Wall Street economists had been expecting low numbers, reports Anne D’Innocenzio for the Associated Press. Its previous weakest point was in March 2003, just before the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Deteriorating confidence is a sign that consumer spending may weaken, which would in turn further hurt the economy. Consumers remain worried about inflation and the toll that rising food and gas prices could take on their wallets. The employment picture looks bleak, as well: the Labor Department is expected to show another loss of 65,000 when its April report is released on Friday.

The director of the Conference Board Consumer Research Center also noted that the number of survey respondents who planned to take a vacation in the next six months has fallen to a 30-year low.

Looks like you’ll have to rely on Calgon to take you away instead.

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