Chief executives are feeling optimistic about the U.S. economy over the next 12 months for the first time since the second quarter of 2007, with CEOs of private companies with international operations being slightly more optimistic than those that are only domestic.

Last week, PricewaterhouseCoopers released its Private Company Trendsetter Barometer, a survey of CEOs of the nation's leading private companies, which showed that 51% of CEOs were optimistic about the U.S. economy's future over the next year, up six points from the previous quarter and up 32 points from a year earlier.

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