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Market analysts can’t agree on where stocks are going next. So double-check the data before you buy or sell

·2 min read
Market analysts can’t agree on where stocks are going next. So double-check the data before you buy or sell

It’s an urgent question, since the Citigroup Economic Surprise Index (CESI) has been negative for two months now, following an unbroken positive stretch for more than a year. The CESI measures the extent to which the latest economic news deviates from the Wall Street consensus. The past two months of consistently negative CESI readings therefore mean that the economic news, on balance, has been worse than expected.