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Posted on 02/28/2013 7:25:16 AM PST by blam
UBS: Today's Positive GDP Report Was WORSE Than Last Month's Negative GDP Report
February 28, 2013
The BEA just released its second estimate of U.S. fourth quarter GDP.
Total output expanded 0.5 percent a marked increase over the initial estimate, which showed a 0.1 percent contraction in the U.S. economy.
However, personal consumption growth, which clocked in at 2.2 percent in the initial estimate and was expected to rise to 2.3 percent in today's release, actually slowed to 2.1 percent.
UBS economist Drew Matus was just on CNBC following the release.
Matus said he would have preferred the initial estimate, given the details:
The GDP number fine, it went up, but the details got worse. So, in a way, I would have rather had it stay negative and had the old details that I had before.
The consumption number was revised lower. I never like to see it. I know it was only a tenth [of a percentage point], but people were expecting it to go higher.
On a forward-looking basis, though, Matus is optimistic. He told CNBC regarding where the economy is at now in the first quarter, "I think we're getting better, and I think the claims numbers point to that. That's actually the story of the day."
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Oh, For Pete’s Sake!
Didn’t The One have to get this one positive to avoid an official recession?
Matus, you know the unemployment claims will be revised upward next month, so why are you holding up that tattered fig leaf? Are economists and analysts really as gullible as that?