The numbers: The index of consumer confidence rose to 113.8 in October from a revised 109.8 in the prior month, the Conference Board said Tuesday. This is the first gain after three straight declines.
Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast a decline to 108.
Big picture: Consumer confidence has slumped since the index hit 128.9 in June. Ordinarily, this would be a clear warning sign about the health of the economy. But economists say the healthy labor market and rising wages suggest the economy is on firm footing.
Market reaction: Stocks
opened higher on Tuesday as corporate earnings reports showed that, in general, companies were not damaged by higher inflation.