US consumer confidence plunged to a seven-month low in June on continuing worries about high unemployment and stagnating wages. A reading of 90 indicates a healthy economy on the index; the June score was 58.5, a six-point drop from May. The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index measures how Americans feel about business conditions, the job market, and the next six months.
Aside from falling gas prices, US economic news has been mostly bad. This report was issued on the same day a widely watched index reported that spring buying boosted home prices in 13 US cities, but overall showed that housing remains weak in most of the country. (Read more consumer confidence stories.)