Market Extra: Stock bears hibernate as optimism jumps across the economy

Even with the sudden prospect of a trade war, it’s hard to find a bear on Wall Street.

While caution and volatility have returned to markets over the past six weeks — a period marked by concerns over inflation, tariffs, and the first correction for the Dow DJIA, -0.71% and S&P 500 SPX, -0.69% in two years — those issues don’t seem to have soured investors on the market, based on a variety of metrics that measure sentiment and optimism.

The latest data on consumer sentiment hit a 14-year high in March, coming in above expectations and continuing a lengthy uptrend for the datapoint.

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