Economy

CFO: Private Companies Expect Revenue Growth to Soar

CFO reports, according to a survey, that private companies are expecting revenue growth to soar far past that of GDP and are in hiring mode not seen since pre-recession days. read more

Small Businesses Still Face Challenges Despite Economic Optimism

Small businesses are still feeling the effects of a challenging economic landscape, but are increasingly optimistic about the future of their business and the economy, according to Capital One’s latest Spark Business Barometer. read more

Business Investment Proxy Jumps Highest Since Jan/13

According to the Commerce Department, March factory orders and shipments advanced for the second month in a row. Core capital goods orders signaled business investment plans increased largest amount in more than a year. read more

Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.3%, Lowest Since September 2008

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.3% in April, the lowest since September 2008. read more

Bloomberg: Fed Resigned to Diminished Growth Expectations

Bloomberg notes in a report that Fed chairman Janet Yellen and her colleagues have lowered their sights on how fast the economy needs to expand to meet their goal of cutting unemployment. read more

Commerce Department: U.S. Economy Stalls Dramatically in Q1

Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 0.1% in the first quarter of 2014, compared to Q4/13, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Commerce Department. In the fourth quarter, real GDP increased 2.6%. read more

Business Leaders Rank Companies Stronger than Economy

Business owners and top decision-makers are more optimistic about their own businesses in 2014 than they are about the overall U.S. economy, according to an annual survey sponsored by SunTrust, citing purchasing/leasing of equipment as a major growth stimulator. read more

National Center for the Middle Market Sees Revenue Growth

The National Center for the Middle Market saw an increase in revenue growth, demonstrating the mid-market's position as key engine of growth in U.S. economy. read more

Bloomberg: Labor Market Continues to Strengthen

Bloomberg reported the number of Americans filing for unemployment insurance hovered last week near the lowest level in almost seven years, and consumer confidence improves, showing the world’s largest economy is speeding up. read more

Fed Signals Low Interest Rates for ‘Considerable Time’

According to minutes of the most recent meeting of the FOMC, the Fed signaled that it anticipates that economic conditions may, for some time, warrant keeping the target fed funds rate below levels the committee view as normal in the long run. read more

Bloomberg: ‘Stars Have Aligned’ to Boost Capital Spending

In a report on the economy, Bloomberg said the long-awaited pickup in U.S. business investment will take place this year. According to economists, Bloomberg notes, “The stars have aligned to boost spending on commercial equipment.” read more

Economy Adds Jobs Despite Steady Unemployment Rate

The U.S. Labor Department said the economy created 192,000 new jobs in March, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.7%. Employment grew in in mining and logging, as well as construction. read more

U.S. Middle Market Poised to Lead Springtime Thaw

According to the National Center for Middle Market, employment and revenue growth projections from the nation’s 200,000 mid-sized firms point to growth in 2014 in spite of this winter’s deep freeze. read more

Leveraged Food, Beverage & Agribusiness Loan Volume Up 42% Y/Y

In its latest Industry Research Update on Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, GE Capital said global leverage loan volume encompassing these three sectors in 2013 totaled $130.9 billion, a 42% increase year-over-year. read more

Economy: Factory Output Rises Most in Six Months

Bloomberg reported that factory production rose in February by the most
in six months, showing manufacturing will help the U.S. economy emerge from a weather-related setback. read more

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