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Negative Q4 GDP Revised To Barely Positive, Misses Expectations

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From -0.1% to +0.1% (on expectations of a 0.5% print): the Q4 GDP revision was the smallest possible to make it seem that the US economy grew in the fourth quarter. A quick look at the components, however, reveals more of the same, with a small drop in the consumption contribution to GDP (from 1.52% to 1.47%), Fixed investment growing modestly, as well as imports, while the negative components remained roughly in line, with Inventories detracting the most from growth in Q4, or 1.55%. If JCP is any indication, expectations of aggressive inventory restocking in Q1 may be very optimistic. One thing is clear - the general GDP trendline is ugly, and we may now see downward revisions to Q1 growth forecasts in the aftermath of today's number.

A breakdown showing the various quarterly GDP components:

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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:45 | 3285346 Debtless
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Shocked. Shocked I tell you!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:49 | 3285350 GetZeeGold
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Wait until you see the revised revisions

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:21 | 3285451 Sudden Debt
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if you revise the revised... aren't you where you started off in the first place?



Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:05 | 3285643 FMR Bankster
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Growth of .1 of 1% in Q4! Good thing Obama didn't ram through the largest tax increase in the post WW2 period or we could be in real trouble. Wait a minute........

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:56 | 3285608 Frozen IcQb
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The BLS will keep cooking the numbers until the material published here on ZH makes it to page 1 on USA Today. Then and only then will change happen.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:28 | 3285758 TruthInSunshine
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If anyone has an iota of doubt that this print would have been hugely negative BUT FOR the nominal-only growth that trends such as paying more fiat for smaller amounts of necessities (i.e. "inflexible goods") allowed, you get a Krugman Gold Star for the day.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:51 | 3285843 McMolotov
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Krugman doesn't usually approve of anything gold-related, but since it's a gold star sticker that's been printed, he'll let it slide.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:20 | 3285447 Eireann go Brach
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So this explains why we are almost at all-time-highs in the stock market! I love asking everyone I meet, so why do you think the economy is doing so well, did you see the stock market? The answers should be recorded and saved and replayed when the system collapses!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:56 | 3285859 H E D G E H O G
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"aftermath". what the government uses the following month to correct their onerous data lies.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:46 | 3285348 FLUSA.com
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New record stock level's here we come!!!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:46 | 3285353 doomandbloom
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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:47 | 3285354 OutLookingIn
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Well! Isn't that special!

And the band played on...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:47 | 3285357 Shizzmoney
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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:47 | 3285359 fonzannoon
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this is why bernak was hung over and looked like shit yesterday. he just wishes someone could take him out back and pull an "of mice and men" on him already. he is probably in disbelief that 4 trillion and counting on his balance sheet and negative gdp...the market still climbs. he was probably promised a one way ticket to tahiti when it crashes and his bags have been packed for some time now. i don't blame him for being frustrated.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:28 | 3285485 fuu
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"i don't blame him for being frustrated."

How can he be frustrated? All he does is fuck everyone.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:39 | 3285534 fonzannoon
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I think he just wants to gtfo here already. He looks like a zombie.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:56 | 3285854 McMolotov
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He looks like a zombie because this country is the walking dead.

Snark aside, he does look pretty shitty, especially when you consider he's a lot younger than Greenspan. Greenspan never looked this bad, but then I suppose Greenspan wasn't the guy tapped to fly the plane into the ground. That'll wear on a person.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:48 | 3285361 ShortTheUS
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This is nothing. They're saying sequestration is going to cost us another 2345% on GDP...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:05 | 3285363 GetZeeGold
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One day left to live.....make the best of it.


Maybe less than a day if your name is Bob Woodward.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:51 | 3285367 Tsar Pointless
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Woo-hoo! A +.01% rise in GDP in Q4 for the Greatest Country in the WorldTM!

Win-ning! I am going to buy some Apple stock tout de suite!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:51 | 3285368 ejmoosa
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Oh so it is positive...There goes any chance of calling it a recession after this quarter.  Now we would have to wait until the end of the 2nd quarter.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:52 | 3285372 caimen garou
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oh boy, look at the growth, hope my garden takes off this spring like this country's gdp! well again, not!


Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:54 | 3285378 JasperNewtonDaniel
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They had to get Q4 2012 into the black so when Q1 2013 numbers implode,  Obama won't have an official recession on his hands.  The Fed will be the first, last and only creditor to the US government before this insanity ends.  We need double digit growth rates to sustain the debt much less reduce it.  Bernanke intends on buying every treasury and letting it roll off.            

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:55 | 3285379 ArmyofOne
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Numbers killed it.  Now another short squeeze to new highs. 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:44 | 3285560 SmallerGovNow2
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Wilson?  Is that you?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:58 | 3285384 orangegeek
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What's 1 + 1 ?


"What would you like it to be?", says the accountant.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:59 | 3285386 JustObserving
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Not to worry.  We can hedonically adjust the GDP the way we want.  

Or just adjust inflation down a bit and then the GDP is up a bit.

The good news must continue.  Or Bernanke and the politicians will look bad. 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:59 | 3285387 lolmao500
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Wait until the REAL readjustment happens... GDP is gonna drop at least 5% per quarter for at least 3 quarters.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:59 | 3285389 firstdivision
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Looking at the numbers behind the number, personal consumption contracted QoQ and YoY = all is well.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:59 | 3285391 thismarketisrigged
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rick santelli is the fucking man. on cnbc employee who wiil actually rip this market into shreds of how big of a fucking joke it is on tv.


as they released the numbers, he says sarcastically'' wow, here in chicago futures are going wild since these numbers, from unchanged to - 4 on the dow, i guess they are following the feds gameplan''


he is the only reason i still watch cnbc, he says the truth. and i know some ppl on here have said its an act, this is not a reality tv show, there is no editing, this is how he really feels and rightfully so.


how he still works on cnbc though with his reality visions, i still do not know.


so let me get this straight.


yesterday these assholes claim the market was up due to signs of strong economy, such as housing, etc. However, today with bad gdp number, the number that shows how we are growing, and that is under expectations, market is unchanged to up a few pts?



Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:05 | 3285409 fonzannoon
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CNBC is just a propoganda machine. The thing is, if they did not have a Santelli type out there it would be so blatantly obvious, even the dumbest sheep may start scratching their heads. So whether he believes what he says or not is not pertinent. It's important to have him on there to create a semblance of balance, and the illusion that the market is not completely rigged.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:42 | 3285420 LawsofPhysics
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Shit, santelli works for a fucking bank moron.  Planned opposition/propaganda. He will be just fine regardless of whether or not you are starving on the street.  Tell us, what item/product/service of real value does this little paper-pushing fucker actually produce?  Tick tock motherfuckers.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:04 | 3285639 1eyedman
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he's their little token tag along they keep around for entertainment, but doesnt get to sit around the big desks and pontificate on how big a statue they should build for brnkke.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:13 | 3285694 LawsofPhysics
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Exactly.  Cracks me up, all these little people complaining about the fascists in power and doing everything they can to be just like them.  Stupid fucking sheep.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:06 | 3285655 kerneltrade
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     The above comments abovr Rick S are true.  He is live on tv and not ranting from a peice of written scripts.  More over  I  also heard about him from my trading friends that he is the honest guy out there who want to talk truth.  

        Commonsense will always prevail.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:34 | 3285782 LawsofPhysics
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right, and the fact he works for a bank brokerage is irrelevant.  That's a good sheep...

...so much for common fucking sense.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:04 | 3285405 Kickaha
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I'm sure I'm not the first person to ponder on this, but of what relevance is the GDP number in an economy that is transitioning into one which produces an ever shrinking amount of product?  Has anyone competent actually tried to define and compile a statistic that actually measures only the domestic production of goods and services which represent real value to the society?

What interesting questions would have to be answered as part of that process!

How much do the health, legal, government, financial, MIC and advertising sectors actually add to national wealth?  For that matter, to what degree does trading securities actually add to national wealth?

My guess would be that once you adjusted for the irrelevance of much of what passes for "production", you would have a statistic, which, over time, and adjusted for inflation, results in a chart which shows for the USA an alarming steady and accelerating downward slope since about 1965.

Throw the GDP number in the same garbage can as the unemployment rate number.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:38 | 3285533 fuu
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Without government spending where is GDP?

EBT, SNAP, SS, Medicare, disability, UE, salaries, farm subsidies, oil subisidies, ethenol subsidies, highway funds, $85 billion/mo QE-Twist, and on and on and on and on.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 19:22 | 3288113 Totentänzerlied
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"Has anyone competent actually tried to define and compile a statistic that actually measures only the domestic production of goods and services which represent real value to the society?"

It would be an incredibly complex task and no one in the establishment would like the results, so no.

Economists can define their way out of that conundrum by assuming that if a good or service is produced the producer was acting rationally and if it's sold the buyer was acting rationally and therefore we have no right to question the value of the good or service or we'd be questioning the rationality of economic actors which is axiomatic to all economics. Or some other bullshit.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:05 | 3285408 DOT
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Let the bulls loose !

Are the Solars catching a bid yet ?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:06 | 3285414 LawsofPhysics
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That which cannot be sustained, won't be, period.  Time for all these paper-pushing sociopaths to lose their fucking head.  There is no real value in their labor anyway.  Tick-tock, bitchez

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:08 | 3285419 ekm
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Bullshit. Economy is in full CONTRACTION, 2-4%.


There's no freaking way economy would not contract, with crude oil at above $70 WTI for 2 years already.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:32 | 3285511 SmallerGovNow2
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check distallate demand at bottom of page here...


down over last year (red line versus blue line).  full contraction indeed, especially considering REAL inflation....

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:26 | 3285752 Hohum
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Maybe so.  But if WTI falls below $70, oil production plummets.  Quite the problem, isn't it?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:35 | 3285791 ekm
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Incorrect. Totally incorrect.

Oil production will increase because the demand will be much higher. Simple sypply/demand.


A lot of brainwashing is going on around. Oil companies are lying about their costs.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:39 | 3287082 Hohum
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Again, maybe.  Bernstein Research says $92 per barrel to get new oil out of the ground; someone else may say $32.  How do you know what the costs are?

Sure demand will increase.  But increased demand leads to increased price (holding supply constant).  You seem to think production can ramp up below $70; I beg to differ.  And so does Bernstein Research.  In any case, it's the question of the moment.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:22 | 3285456 venturen
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Market up 2% on great news...postive growth of .1% in 4th Q and well Wall Street got 3x$85 Billion from the fed over the last 3 months...which they leveraged up! Bonuses all around

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:34 | 3285518 thismarketisrigged
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i really want to fucking punch jim cramer in the face. how the fuck does this guy continue to go on tv and spew this bullshit. saying how this market is resiliant, bernanke is great, not even talking about the most important number by far, which was only the 0.1 percent gdp growth, which was below expectations and is total dogshit.


if the gdp revisions was like 2.5 percent growth, we would be up like 500 on the dow. i really want to punch this jackass.


also, i thought the algos are programmed to read data as it comes out and react to it, so how the fuck do they not sell the fuck off on this terrible data?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:47 | 3285575 RSBriggs
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It's a revision, any relevance to the algos has come and gone..

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:36 | 3285528 NoWayJose
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The biggest blip on the chart is the phony Q3 number, placed there for the elections. The correct chart would be a line straight down from Q4 2011 to zero, and with the new taxes and even higher gas prices in 2013 the line will keep heading down.

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