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Why the Housing Market Should Remain Firm in 2019

Freddie Mac knows a thing or two about the housing market. Despite all the controversy of the past, and being in federal government conservatorship, and even considering President Trump's efforts ...
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Weak Retail Sales May Sour GDP Growth Targets for the Second Quarter of 2019

Retail sales are often volatile on a monthly reporting basis, and the markets are getting to deal with a fresh round of negative news when it comes to the consumer ...
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Strong 3.2% GDP Growth in Q1 Creates Confusion for Bulls and Bears Alike

The economy is running much hotter than economists, investors and Federal Reserve officials would have guessed. Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose by an annualized rate of 3.2% during the ...
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The Death of Retail Sales May Have Been Premature

It was not that long ago that the financial markets had to deal with serious disappointment in the December figures for retail sales. There was some thought at the time ...
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Q4 GDP Provides Backdrop for Stronger 2018 Growth Story

At the end of 2018, the stock market was in freefall mode due to slower economic readings and fears that earnings growth was about to dry up. The federal government ...
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Airplanes Boost November Durable Goods Orders

The U.S. Department of Commerce reported Friday morning that durable goods orders for November rose by 0.8% compared to the prior month to $250.8 billion. The October total was revised ...
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Why Q3 GDP Revision Soothed the Markets

The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued its first revision to third-quarter gross domestic product on Wednesday morning — with no real revision. The preliminary gain for GDP was maintained ...
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GDP Growth Rate Slows Down to 3.5%

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) on Friday issued its "advance" (first of three) estimate of third-quarter 2018 gross domestic product (GDP). According to the BEA, ...
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What Matters Most in Q3 GDP

Friday will be showtime for the first reading on third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP). This is the ultimate measurement of the U.S. economy, which is now running in the $20 ...
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Why Q3 GDP Report Already May Be Second Fiddle to Q4 Outlook

If there is one economic figure that can measure the overall U.S. economy, the top one is gross domestic product (GDP). This Friday's GDP report will be highly watched by ...
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While Q2 GDP Is Revised Up, Expectations for Q3 GDP Start to Take Shape

Wednesday's economic reporting brought the first revision to second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP). The preliminary report showed 4.1% GDP growth in the United States, and the revision ticked higher to ...
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GDP Growth of 4.1% Impressive, but US GDP Now Over $20 Trillion

It turns out that all the hype about higher growth actually can come true. The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that gross domestic product (GDP) for the second quarter rose ...
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Even at Almost $20 Trillion, US GDP Growth Slower Than Expected So Far in 2018

There is no cleaner measurement of an underlying economy than the quarterly and annualized readings on gross domestic product. Unfortunately, the U.S. economic growth picture showed a revision down to ...
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Volatility Continues in Durable Goods in May

The monthly reports on durable goods can be quite volatile, disappointing in a strong economy or soaring even in a bad economy. There is a way to smooth out some ...
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Why US GDP Is About to Hit $20 Trillion

If there is one yardstick that measures the state of the global economies, it is gross domestic product (GDP). The U.S. Department of Commerce released a stronger-than-expected GDP report for the ...
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