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CFO Insights — Special Edition: 2016 Q3 CFO Signals Survey Results

Published on: Sep 29, 2016

Last quarter’s economic assessments were only slightly better than 1Q16. But equity markets and consumer confidence had improved substantially, and that seemed to fuel higher growth expectations and bolster CFOs’ confidence in their own companies’ prospects.

Since then, however, CFOs have faced a barrage of domestic and global developments that have understandably led to decidedly mixed assessments.

Against this tumultuous backdrop, CFOs’ sentiment and expectations seem reasonably optimistic this quarter — despite expectations for sales and earnings that are still near their survey lows. But the rapid, sharp drop in CFO sentiment that occurred when equity markets got pummeled to start 1Q16 may indicate that CFOs’ optimism is somewhat fragile.

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