Here's an upbeat FYI via a Fox Biz email alert:
The Conference Board's gauge of consumer confidence rose in November to 73.7 from 73.1 in October, topping estimates of 73 and marking the highest level since February 2008.
And from the New York Times, Reports Signal Lift in U.S. Economy:
American companies in October increased their orders of machinery and equipment that signal investment plans by the largest amount in five months, a hopeful sign for future economic growth. [...]
In another economic report Tuesday, the Standard & Poor’s Case Shiller national index showed home prices increased in September in most major American cities, more evidence of a housing recovery that is providing a lift to the fragile economy.