Since the 1930s, consumers have been key to lifting America out of a downturn.
Though problems remain for housing and jobs, the Fed's Open Market Committee sees further improvement in financial markets in recent weeks.
Second quarter GDP declined by 1 percent, compared with 6.4 percent in the first quarter. Will economic recovery be stronger than expected in the second half of the year?
Sliding prices helped push sales up for the third straight month in June. But foreclosures are expected to rise again.
From July 13 through Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose every day. History suggests we might see another streak soon.
Companies in the S&P 500 index are beating profit expectations by about 10 percent in the second quarter.