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March Factory Orders Ticked Higher

The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that factory orders rose by 1.1% in the month of March. This has a one-month lag, so it may not show up in any ...
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Consumers Are Cautious Despite Income Growth

Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged and downgraded its assessment of domestic growth from “moderate” to “slowed.” Looking at the U.S. dollar, it still remains under pressure, ...
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GDP Manages Very Small Gain in 2016 Q1

Gross domestic product (GDP) managed to hang in positive territory for the first quarter of 2016. This hardly looks like much growth, and it gives the bears some argument that ...
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Industrial

What to Expect From Q1 2016 GDP

Thursday will mark a crucial day for just how much, or how little, the U.S. economy is growing. The initial first-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) estimate from the U.S. Department ...
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Narrower Trade Deficit for Goods

The international trade deficit did not come in anywhere as high as expected in March, implying that perhaps that pesky dollar strength's trend abatement might be in the works is ...
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Will Oil Prices Drop to $20?

It was only four months ago that several prominent analysts said oil would drop as low as $20 a barrel. The recent run-up in prices had turned them into fools. However, ...
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New York Fed Sees Slow Growth Persisting in 2016

The New York Federal Reserve Bank has released its 2016 economic outlook for April, and it corroborates other reports for a weak level of growth expectations in 2016. Jonathan McCarthy, Richard Peach ...
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Industrial

Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Reach Alarming Levels

Friday's deluge of economic reports included a rather grim view on both industrial production and capacity utilization in the month of March. Some of the economic readings have looked better ...
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Suburbia

Fannie Mae Keeps 2016 Positive Outlook, Sees Mortgage Originations Falling 9%

Fannie Mae has released its April 2016 Economic & Housing Outlook, which sees little change for 2016, despite a slow first-quarter scenario. That may sound good on the surface, but ...
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59% of Americans Think Economy Is Getting Worse

Despite low unemployment, low gasoline prices and strong markers like car sales, a malaise continues dog impressions about the health of the U.S. economy. Some of this is based in ...
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China Economy Up 6.7% in Q1

Although it may have been above some estimates, China's economy grew only 6.7% in the first quarter. It is worth noting that many experts believe China inflates the number, and ...
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Fitch Maintains AAA Rating and Stable Outlook for United States

There is some good news on the ratings front for the United States. Despite the national debt clock being more than $19.2 trillion as of April 12, 2016, Fitch Ratings ...
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IMF Sees Slowing 2016 and 2017 Global Growth, China Revised Slightly Better

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued an update to its World Economic Outlook. Most of the report centers around even slower global growth in gross domestic product (GDP) for ...
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Why Donald Trump Is Wrong About a Massive Recession

If there has ever been an incredible election cycle, this has been it. For the first time in years, we may very well have a contested convention for the Republicans, ...
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Money

Atlanta Fed GDPNow Model Lowers Q1 GDP Forecasts

The Federal Reserve might be hoping for inflation of 2.0%, but equity investors have generally been hoping for 2.5% or 3.0% growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in the United ...
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