Americans’ Market Sentiment Jumps Most Since Dot-com Boom: Chart

The last time Americans’ optimism about the stock market registered such a dramatic one-month surge was during the dot-com boom. As stocks reached a record, the share of households anticipating higher equity prices a year from now surged to 44.7 percent in December from 30.9 percent a month earlier, the biggest monthly advance since November 1998, the Conference Board’s report on consumer confidence showed Tuesday. The group’s overall measure of sentiment rose this month to the highest level since August 2001.

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