Consumer sentiment improved in April, according to the University of Michigan gauge released Friday. The index rose to 95.9, up from 93 in March and the MarketWatch-compiled economist forecast of 93.5. Separately, the Conference Board said leading indicators rose 0.2% in March. "Although the leading economic index still points to a moderate expansion in economic activity, its slowing growth rate over recent months suggests weaker growth may be ahead," said Ataman Ozyildirim, Economist at The Conference Board, in a statement.
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