CEO 'Post-Weather' Optimism Collapses To 5-Month Lows

Sentiment among CEOs, based on Bloomberg's excellent Orange Book index of their executive comments, had reached 14 month high levels in mid-April as everyone was optimistic about a post-weather pent-up-demand bounce in everything from car-buying to burger-flipping. As Bloomberg's Rich Yamarone notes, optimism was the most widespread in the housing, automotive and transportation industries.

 

 

The last week has seen the ugly reality hit home as Sentiment collapsed at its fastest pace since the government shutdown and dropped to 5-month lows. Common pessimistic issues include: unfavorable currency exchange rates, higher-priced food and uncertainties in Russia and Ukraine.

 

Charts: Bloomberg