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Chad Hudson

Chad Hudson

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010

  • Data Dependency

    Published 06 July 2006 | viewed 2,927 times

    Last week, the Federal Reserve increased the fed funds target rate by 25 basis points to 5.25%. While this was widely expecte, the fed was…

  • 5.5% by Year-end?

    Published 01 June 2006 | viewed 4,203 times

    The Federal Reserve released the minutes of the May FOMC meeting. The discussion noted that consumer spending had started to moderate and residential housing had…

  • Is Economic Growth Weakening?

    Published 25 May 2006 | viewed 3,944 times

    Economic data has started to indicate that economic growth has stalled. Economists have been quick to highlight the weaker data as proof that the Federal…

  • Inflation Inflates

    Published 19 May 2006 | viewed 4,710 times

    Last week, the Commerce Department reported that retail sales increased 0.5% in April from March. The largest decrease in month-over-month results was in building materials,…

  • Strong Economy Propels Corporate Earnings

    Published 05 May 2006 | viewed 2,732 times

    The latest economic data continued to reveal that economic growth has remained strong. This should keep pressure on the Federal Reserve to continue to raise…

  • Earnings Accelerate

    Published 27 April 2006 | viewed 2,553 times

    While earnings have grabbed investors' attention this week, several economic reports were released indicating that economic growth remains strong. Consumer confidence rose 2.4 points to…

  • Near the End?

    Published 20 April 2006 | viewed 4,958 times

    This week the Federal Reserve released the minutes of the March FOMC meeting. The focus was on the comment that "Most members thought that the…

  • Calm Before the Storm

    Published 13 April 2006 | viewed 5,203 times

    This week provided the calm before the storm. There are only a few companies reporting earnings this week and the economic calendar is uneventful as…

  • Retail Sales Wane

    Published 06 April 2006 | viewed 3,371 times

    Consumer spending has been strong during the first two months of the year. It appears that consumer spending slowed in March. Most retailers will report…

  • Gentle Ben?

    Published 30 March 2006 | viewed 3,461 times

    The FOMC had its first meeting under the helm of Ben Bernanke. Bernanke has been a proponent of the Federal Reserve offering more transparency and…

  • 5.5% Fed Funds?

    Published 23 March 2006 | viewed 2,834 times

    Consumer prices rose 0.1% in February, which was inline with economists' forecasts. Energy prices declined by 1.2% and apparel priced dropped by a full percent.…

  • Labor Market Helps Economy Expand

    Published 16 March 2006 | viewed 2,499 times

    Last week, the Labor Department reported that 244,000 new jobs were created in February. This was a little more than the 210,000 economists predicted, but…

  • How Long with Growth Last?

    Published 02 March 2006 | viewed 3,356 times

    Fourth quarter GDP was revised higher to 1.6% from 1.1% estimated last month. The largest revisions were in inventories and higher corporate spending. Business fixed…

  • Buying Everything Except the Kitchen Sink

    Published 16 February 2006 | viewed 5,064 times

    Consumers made it back to the mall after the holidays. Retail sales jumped 2.3% in January, and increased 2.2% excluding auto sales. Estimates were for…

  • Housing Falters, but Rates go Higher

    Published 10 February 2006 | viewed 3,319 times

    The housing sector took another blow this week. Toll Brothers reported its preliminary results for the first quarter. While home building revenue increased 35%, new…

  • Exit Stage Left

    Published 02 February 2006 | viewed 4,588 times

    The end of an era has arrived. Alan Greenspan stepped down as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. A position he has held since August 1987.…

  • Earnings Cause Concern

    Published 26 January 2006 | viewed 2,538 times

    Existing home sales dropped to 6.6 million units. This was much weaker than the 6.87 million units economists were expecting and was the lowest selling…

  • Tech Lays an Egg

    Published 19 January 2006 | viewed 3,773 times

    Fourth quarter earnings season started with a bang. On Tuesday, Intel and Yahoo! reported fourth quarter results that missed analysts' forecasts. Additionally, both companies said…

  • Higher Costs Pressure Earnings

    Published 12 January 2006 | viewed 2,519 times

    Last week, the Labor Department reported that 108,000 jobs were created in December. This was about half of what economists expected. However, the number of…

  • It's All About the Data

    Published 06 January 2006 | viewed 4,364 times

    On Tuesday, the Federal Reserve released the minutes from the December 13 FOMC meeting. Last month, the Fed removed the reference to policy being "accommodative,"…