CHICAGO — A new report from NYSE Euronext provides some economic encouragement. Top executives for 62% of public companies and 71% of private firms expect to expand their businesses and add jobs in 2012, a move counter to growing uncertainty of the economy and political instability. This is the first report from NYSE Euronext to include private or emerging companies and MBA students that the NYSE dubs “aspiring corporate leaders.”
On the other end of the spectrum, the congressional so-called Super Committee failed to come to an agreement on a deficit reduction plan, leading to a drop on the stock market and continued debate as to the cause of the committee’s inaction. The main stumbling block appeared to be the continued tax cuts, rather than higher tax rates, for the upper tier of income earners.