The U.S. economy seems to feel better than it did a few months ago, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The economy has added an average of 200,000 jobs per month for the past six months. February’s auto sales were 25% above August’s, a bright spot in consumer automobile spending. Banks are lending more, factories are ramping up production, and even housing starts have turned up. If these reports encourage better business and consumer confidence, it can result in more spending and overall growth.