The mood of top corporate beancounters and their bosses, which has remained consistently bleak this year, is beginning to improve as they look ahead to 2011.
About half of chief financial officers are more optimistic about the U.S. economy, according to the latest Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey released this morning. Only 14 percent are less optimistic.
"The current level of optimism has increased notably from last quarter," said Kate O'Sullivan, senior editor at CFO Magazine, in a prepared statement. "Finance chiefs are acting on this improved outlook by boosting their budgets."
Meanwhile, in another survey released this morning by the Business Roundtable, 45 percent of CEOs said they expect their companies to add more workers over the next six months. That's the highest percentage who have said they planned to add jobs since the survey began in late 2002.