But I digress.
There are signs that the economy might indeed be moving in the right direction and with a strength that until quite recently might not have been noticed. As the New York Times notes:
Economists in universities and on Wall Street have raised their growth projections for next year. Retail sales, industrial production and factory orders are on the upswing, and new claims for unemployment benefits are trending downward.
That enthusiasm indeed has carried over to the stock market, as the Financial Times reports. It says:
Despite persistently high unemployment, consumer confidence is improving. Large corporations are reporting healthy profits, and the Dow Jones industrial average reached a two-year high this week.