GDP

Gross domestic product

Fitch Trims US GDP Expectations for 2016, Raises China GDP View

Throughout the first quarter of this year, particularly the first six weeks when markets were in free fall, it was more than common for global organizations, analysts and economists to issue ...
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What Would Make US GDP Go to Zero?

The 0.5% improvement in first-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) is not far from zero. It would not take many factors to push growth down to zero or even below. Several ...
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German GDP Grew 0.7% in Q1

Germany may be the envy of the developed world, for the time being. Its first-quarter gross domestic product rose 0.7%. The figures means the annual growth rate is 2.8%. Most forecasts ...
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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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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 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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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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