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Chad Hudson

Chad Hudson

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010

  • Out Like a Lion

    Published 30 December 2005 | viewed 3,639 times

    Everyone's attention has been on the holiday shopping season and consumer spending. After weeks of worrying it appears consumers were able to increase spending. While…

  • Not Accommodative?

    Published 15 December 2005 | viewed 3,082 times

    The Federal Reserve finally significantly changed the wording it is statement when it raised the target rate to 4.25%. It no longer describes monetary policy…

  • Can Consumers Save Christmas?

    Published 09 December 2005 | viewed 4,337 times

    While most economic data has continued to show the economy expanding, the consumer is showing signs of fatigue. The Labor Department reported that 215,000 jobs…

  • Economy Chugs Along

    Published 01 December 2005 | viewed 2,931 times

    We have discussed on several occasions the resiliency of the economy. It was put to the test during the third quarter as two major hurricanes…

  • Retailers Gain Momentum

    Published 17 November 2005 | viewed 2,621 times

    This week, the Commerce Department reported that retail sales declined in October, due to weakness in auto sales. Since weak auto sales were already a…

  • Cracks in the Foundation?

    Published 10 November 2005 | viewed 5,109 times

    Last week, retailers reported October same stores sales that were stronger than analysts' estimates. The ICSC's tally of chain store sales increased 4.4%. This was…

  • 5% Fed Funds?

    Published 03 November 2005 | viewed 4,516 times

    Personal income bounced back in September, rising 1.7% from August and was up 6.3% from a year earlier. Except for August, which was depressed due…

  • Rising Costs Start to Pressure Earnings

    Published 27 October 2005 | viewed 3,288 times

    There have been 280 S&P 500 companies that have reported third quarter, 65% have exceeded estimates and 20.4% have missed. Analysts have focused on rising…

  • Earnings Take Center Stage

    Published 20 October 2005 | viewed 2,881 times

    Companies have started to report third quarter earnings. With the economy facing various crosscurrents, earnings will be able to shed light on the strength of…

  • Watching for Inflation

    Published 14 October 2005 | viewed 6,463 times

    The big news this week was the Chapter 11 filing by Delphi. There have been numerous articles discussing it and the implications for the entire…

  • Third Quarter Earnings Come Under Pressure

    Published 22 September 2005 | viewed 2,969 times

    The Federal Reserve hiked interest rates 25 basis points for the eleventh consecutive meeting. The Fed said that the "widespread devastation in the gulf region,…

  • How Long Can Consumers Hold On?

    Published 15 September 2005 | viewed 3,765 times

    Inflation pressures either moderated in August or reached an almost 15-year high, depending what is focused on. Since the Federal Reserve let everyone know that…

  • Will the Fed Pause?

    Published 08 September 2005 | viewed 3,158 times

    The manufacturing ISM survey indicated that the manufacturing sectors slowed in August. Both new orders and production declined, while prices increased. While the manufacturing sector…

  • Growth Wanes, Yields Collapse

    Published 01 September 2005 | viewed 5,019 times

    Second quarter GDP growth was revised down by 10 basis points to 3.3%. However, the deflator was also revised down by 10 basis points, so…

  • Consumers Under Pressure

    Published 25 August 2005 | viewed 4,638 times

    Existing home sales dropped by 170,000 to an annualized rate of 7.16 million. While sales declined from the previous month, July's sales were 4.7% higher…

  • Is Retailing Starting to Falter?

    Published 18 August 2005 | viewed 3,580 times

    UNEDITED Several retailers reported second quarter results over the past week. Overall, results have been strong, but investors have been jittery. Since March 2003, retail…

  • 4.25% by year-end?

    Published 11 August 2005 | viewed 5,218 times

    UNEDITED! On Tuesday, the Federal Reserve raised rates by 25 basis points for the tenth consecutive time to 3.5%. The Fed watchers noted that there…

  • Earnings Remain Robust

    Published 04 August 2005 | viewed 3,238 times

    UNEDITED The manufacturing ISM survey increased 2.8 points to 56.6, the highest level this year. Prices paid dropped 2.0 points to 48.5. This was the…

  • Will Earnings Finally Disappoint?

    Published 21 July 2005 | viewed 3,012 times

    Last week, we discussed June same store sales results from the retailers. On Thursday last week, the Commerce Department released its retail sales report. Retail…

  • Will Second Quarter Earnings Matter?

    Published 14 July 2005 | viewed 3,583 times

    Economists have gotten more optimistic over the past month. Bloomberg reported that in its latest poll economists expect GDP growth of 3.5% this quarter and…