Global investor confidence is up on last month, according to research by State Street Global Markets.
The Investor Confidence Index for March 2010 is up 5.4 points to 180.0 from February's reading of 102.6, with impetus largely provided by Asian institutional investors.
Elsewhere the changes were more muted with North American investor confidence only ticking up slightly to 110.4. In Europe, confidence fell slightly to 97.3 from February's 99.8.
State Street associate Paul O'Connell says: "Interestingly, we are starting to see a renewed divergence between investor confidence and consumer confidence in the US with consumers becoming less confident while investors are becoming more confident.
"It remains to be seen whether consumers will look up this month, but in the meantime, institutional investors worldwide have been consistent buyers in many markets and sectors, with the exception of the European periphery and some specific sectors such as healthcare."
The State Street Investor Confidence Index measures investor confidence on a quantitative basis by analysing the buying and selling patterns of institutional investors.
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