Keeping an eye on the sentiments of the consumer as some restrictions are lifted or rolled back across the country. Well first, just a slight majority are comfortable going out to dine at a restaurant. According to the latest data from Morning Consult, 51 percent of Americans feel safe going out to eat, up from 34 percent back in Q4 2020. Additionally, 62 percent are already comfortable eating a meal outdoors, while only 49% are OK with indoor dining. On the brightest note, 69% expect to be completely comfortable within the next six months! On a more general note, the University of Michigan released a survey of consumers showing a 2.2 point decline in consumer sentiment compared to January. The February reading of 76.8 mainly dropped due to perception around future economic conditions. And finally, the Bureau of Economic Advisors at the Department of Commerce reported last week that consumer spending rose by 2.4 percent in January, the largest increase since last June. The January increase is spending counters two consecutive months of decline.