Chief financial officers’ outlook for the economy and their own companies, according to the most recent quarterly “CFO Outlook Survey” by Financial Executives International and Baruch College.

The CFO Optimism Index for the U.S. economy rose more than 10 points, from 55.20 in the third quarter of 2010 to 65.50 in the fourth quarter—one of the biggest gain’s in the survey’s history. U.S. CFOs’ outlook for their own companies rose nearly four points, from 69.1 to 73.

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