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Chad Hudson

Chad Hudson

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010

  • Recession is Most Likely Outcome

    Published 07 February 2008 | viewed 2,497 times

    Last week, the weak employment report helped justify the Fed's historic actions. It also provided more evidence that the economy has slowed and the likelihood…

  • Can the Fed Stop the Recession?

    Published 31 January 2008 | viewed 3,487 times

    The Federal Reserve lowered rates by 50 basis points on Wednesday topping off a 75 basis point intra-meeting cut last week. This 125 basis point…

  • Is the Great American Spending Boom Over?

    Published 17 January 2008 | viewed 3,877 times

    Over the past month, more and more economists have moved over into the recession camp. The latest Wall Street Journal survey of economist found there…

  • Inflation Inflates

    Published 20 December 2007 | viewed 2,775 times

    Housing starts dropped in November to 1.187 million. Analysts pointed out that housing starts appear to have bottomed. While November starts were below October, they…

  • The Fed Underwhelms

    Published 13 December 2007 | viewed 2,163 times

    On Tuesday, the Federal Reserve shocked investors by not only cutting the target Fed Funds rate by 25 basis points but dropped the discount rate…

  • 25 or 50?

    Published 07 December 2007 | viewed 3,422 times

    Last week, speeches by Fed officials Kohn and Bernanke opened the door for more cuts either next week or in the near future. While 25…

  • No Holiday Cheer for Consumers

    Published 29 November 2007 | viewed 2,516 times

    The holiday shopping season started off with conflicting reports. ShopperTrak RCT reported that Black Friday sales were up 8.3%, while the National Retail Federation said…

  • Consumer Spending Slows, Corporate Earnings Fall

    Published 16 November 2007 | viewed 1,893 times

    Last week, retailers reported October sales that were weaker than expected, and expectations were tepid. The ICSC reported that October sales increased 1.6%, the same…

  • Earnings Weigh on Market

    Published 25 October 2007 | viewed 2,392 times

    Third quarter earnings have continued to disappoint investors. Roughly half of the S&P 500 companies (237) have reported third quarter earnings. Of those, earnings are…

  • Earnings Growth Disappears

    Published 18 October 2007 | viewed 3,008 times

    The early results for third quarter earnings do not look too encouraging. Over the past couple of months, earnings estimates dropped from 4.1% at the…

  • Has Consumption Stalled?

    Published 11 October 2007 | viewed 3,159 times

    Last Friday, the Labor Department reported that 110,000 new jobs were created. This was slightly ahead of the 100,000 economists were expecting. The bigger story…

  • Is Lowe's Forecasting a 2-year Drought?

    Published 27 September 2007 | viewed 4,680 times

    Lennar reported third quarter results this week. On a GAAP basis the homebuilder lost $3.25 per share, which included a $3.33 per share charge for…

  • Will 50 Basis Points Circumvent a Recession?

    Published 20 September 2007 | viewed 4,380 times

    Last week, the Commerce Department reported that Retail sales increased 0.3%. The primary growth driver came from autos. Excluding auto sales, sales fell 0.4%. On…

  • BLS Removes All Doubt

    Published 14 September 2007 | viewed 3,208 times

    Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shocked economists and investors when it reported that 4,000 jobs were lost during August. Economists were expecting a…

  • Wal-Mart Rolls Back More Than Prices

    Published 23 August 2007 | viewed 3,921 times

    Earlier this month, the ICSC reported that chain store sales advanced only 2.6% in July. This was the fourth consecutive month that same store sales…

  • More Signs of Slowing Growth

    Published 09 August 2007 | viewed 3,234 times

    Most retailers will report July same store sales on Thursday. The results along with their comments will shed light on the health of the consumer.…

  • Earnings Get Overshadowed

    Published 03 August 2007 | viewed 3,043 times

    During the past week, the deepening problem in the mortgage market has sent the markets into turmoil. It will take a while to fully grasp…

  • Will Earnings Justify Market Rally?

    Published 19 July 2007 | viewed 3,290 times

    Consumer prices increased 0.2% in June, which was slightly higher than the 0.1% economists were expecting. Compared to last year, prices are 2.7% higher, which…

  • Economic Crosscurrents

    Published 29 June 2007 | viewed 3,131 times

    After economic growth slowed during the first quarter, almost all economic data released during the first part of the second quarter indicated that growth started…

  • Will Consumers Rebound?

    Published 31 May 2007 | viewed 3,154 times

    Inflation fears eased after the Labor Department released the latest Producer Price and Consumer Price Indexes. The Labor Department reported that consumer prices rose 0.4%…