A rebounding stock market helps lift US consumer confidence

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey says U.S. consumers are feeling more confident in March, with a rebounding stock market brightening their outlook.

The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index has rebounded to 96.2 after tumbling to a revised 94 in February.

Consumers' assessment of current economic conditions has fallen slightly. But their outlook for the future has improved modestly.

The U.S. stock market got off to a dismal start in 2016, driven by fears of economic weakness overseas and plunging oil prices. The Dow Jones industrial average had plummeted more than 10 percent this year through mid-February. It has since recovered most of those losses.