Economy

Moody's: U.S. Economy Still Waiting For Lift-Off

An article posted on Moodys.com on its U.S. macroeconomic outlook noted that the U.S. continues to recover at about the same pace it has for nearly four years. read more

NFIB: Small-Business Owner Optimism Not Sustained

After three months of sustained growth, the March NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism ended its slow climb, declining 1.3 points, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. read more

U.S. Adds 88,000 Jobs in March; Unemployment Static

The Labor Department said U.S. employment edged up in March by 88,000, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.6%. read more

PayNet: Small Businesses Borrowing Down in February

Reuters reported that small business borrowing was down in February for the second straight month, according to the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index. read more

ISM: Manufacturing Expands for Fourth Straight Month

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the fourth consecutive month, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. read more

New Orders For Durable Goods Up 5.7%

In its latest report on manufacturers’ shipments, inventories and orders, the U.S. Census Bureau said new orders for manufactured durable goods in February increased 5.7%. This increase, up five of the last six months, followed a 3.8% January decrease. read more

Economists See No Debt Crisis as Economy Gains

Bloomberg reported that despite concerns over how the U.S. national debt is hurting the economy, economic data doesn’t support the claim. read more

Fed Keeps Stimulus in Place as Economy Picks Up

The FOMC said that since January the economy has returned to moderate economic growth following a pause late last year. The Fed added that it will continue buying securities at a pace of $85 billion a month. read more

TD Economics: Sturdier Growth Ahead

The American economy will be resilient to tax hikes and government spending restraint, according to a report released by TD Economics. read more

CEOs See Rise in Capital Spending

U.S. chief executives were more optimistic about the economy in the first three months of this year than they were at the end of 2012 and expect to increase capital spending over the next six months, according to the Business Roundtable's CEO Economic Outlook. read more

Survey: CFOs Reveal Concerns About Economy

Despite improvements in confidence, CFOs revealed significant concerns about the U.S. economy, including a 33% chance the U.S. will slip back into recession in the next 12 months, according to the latest Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook. read more

U.S. Adds 236,000 Jobs; Unemployment Rate Falls

The Labor Department said U.S. employment rose by 236,000 in February, and the unemployment rate edged down to 7.7%. read more

Fed: Largest Banks Much Stronger Post Financial Crisis

The Fed announced that the nation’s largest banks have continued to improve their ability to withstand an extremely adverse hypothetical economic scenario and are collectively in a much stronger position than before the financial crisis. read more

Beige Book: Economy Expands at Moderate Pace

According to the Federal Reserve’s recently released Beige Book, reports from the twelve districts indicated that economic activity generally expanded at a modest to moderate pace since January. read more

February Commercial Bankruptcy Filings Fall 29%

Total commercial bankruptcy filings in February 2013 decreased 29% from business filings recorded in February 2012, according to ABI and Epiq Systems. read more

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