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Augusta-area companies enjoying lower fuel prices

...prices, it has a great psychological boost because you're saving money and you can see it," said Mark Vitner, a senior economist with Wells Fargo.Lower prices can have a significant effect on the national economy, he said, as those savings...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-24/augusta-area-companies-enj
Global bonds market fears sale struggles

...desperate to shore up their funds started selling bonds from relatively healthy countries, says Manoj Pradhan, a senior economist at Morgan Stanley."It's the old adage: When you can't sell what you want to sell, you sell what you can...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-04/global-bonds-market-fears-
Economy grew at 4.6 percent rate in April-June

...think the economy is growing in the current July-September quarter at a rate of around 3 percent.Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, is slightly more optimistic than most. He said a brighter outlook for business investment...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-09-26/economy-grew-46-percent-ra
US economy shrank at 2.9 percent rate last quarter, worst since recession, before recovering

...Despite the awful start to the year, the U.S. economy is nowhere close to a recession," said Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.Guatieri thinks growth is rebounding to a 3.8 percent annual rate in the current quarter...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-06-25/us-economy-shrank-29-perce
US consumer spending down 0.1 percent in April

...bounce back in May.An "improving job market should support stronger spending in coming months," Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a research note.Friday's government report also showed that income rose 0...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-05-30/us-consumer-spending-down-
US home construction drops 9.3 percent in June to rate of 893,000, slowest pace in 9 months

...temporary factors such as heavy rain in parts of the South which could have held back housing starts.Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO, said it was too soon to conclude that the housing recovery has stalled. "After all, job growth continues...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-17/us-home-construction-drops
32 states trail US as a whole in job recovery

...lifted several states to the top of job creation rankings."North Dakota is the No. 1 example," says Dan White, senior economist at Moody's Analytics. "It's like its own little gold rush."North Dakota has added 100,000 jobs since December...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-02/32-states-trail-us-whole-j
US retail sales up 0.1 percent in April; spending online and on furniture and electronics dips

...paycheck to be spent."At the end of the day, it is all about one's job, and job security," Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said in a research note. "A job is a job and that will help determine the ability for...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-05-13/us-retail-sales-01-percent
After a bitter winter, warmer temperatures are revitalizing economy

...something you see every day," said Michael Dolega, senior economist at TD Economics. "Now, as Americans have dug themselves...200,000-plus" this month, said Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.That would be slightly...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-04-21/after-bitter-winter-warmer
Fed clarifies guidance on short-term rates; drops link to specific unemployment level

...as the state of the labor market recovery and other considerations such as financial stability," James Marple, senior economist at TD Economics, wrote in a research note.The Fed also updated its economic forecasts Wednesday. Fed officials...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-03-19/fed-clarifies-guidance-sho