Here Comes Stall Speed: Barclays Cuts Q2 GDP Forecast To 0.6%

Tyler Durden's picture

It was only a matter of time before Wall Street, overoptimistically hockeysticking everything as always, slammed its wrong Q2 GDP forecasts following the earlier miss in Wholesale Inventories, which printed at -0.5% on expectations of a +0.3% increase, and down from a downward revised -0.1% (was +0.2%). That time has arrived, with Barclays the first to slash its already stall speed 1.0% Q2 GDP forecast by a whopping 40% to 0.4%. Looking forward to the imminent revisions from Goldman and, of course, Joe "Almost as good as Groundhog Phil, almost" Lavorgna.

From Barclays:

US Q2 GDP tracking: Down four-tenths to 0.6% on decline in wholesale inventories

Wholesale inventories declined by 0.5% m/m in May, significantly weaker than our forecast (+0.2%) and the consensus (+0.3%). In addition, growth in April was revised down to -0.1% from +0.2%. This subtracted 0.4pp from our Q2 GDP tracking estimate, which now stands at just 0.6% q/q (saar).

And here is Goldman:

1. Wholesale inventories declined 0.5% in May (vs consensus +0.3%). Inventory growth in April was revised down three-tenths to -0.1%. By category, auto inventories?which had made solid positive contributions to inventory growth in recent months?were flat, while machinery declined 0.7% and nondurable goods fell 0.8%. The wholesale inventory-to-sales ratio declined to 1.18, its lowest level over the past year.


2. In light of slower-than-expected May inventory accumulation and the downward revision to April, we reduced our Q2 GDP tracking by three tenths to 1.3%.

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Headbanger's picture

Wow, that high, huh?

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Our economy will be like the 747 that crashed in Bagram.  You can bet they had the throttles smashed into the instrument panels and the engines roaring as they crashed into the ground.  Their "economy" stalled too.

Headbanger's picture

Nahh... I think it's more like a 747 running out of fuel (Fed hopium) and doing a flat spin into some "granite clouds"

DeadFred's picture

It's cute how your avatars bang themselves to a pulp in unison when they're next to each other.

Doubleguns's picture

The british empire is beating us. They are at 0.9%. That should say it all. 

Manthong's picture

hmm.. I guess some folks do not understand the dynamics of latency in spinning up a turbine.

mickeyman's picture

It's okay, the crash only killed about 1% of the population on the plane.

Manthong's picture

just wait till you see what the Malthusians and Guidestone dudes in the PTB have in store  :-)

sorry.. that's just crazy talk from the late morning caffiene beverages

Dollar Bill Hiccup's picture

That's why H2 is going to be so much better ?

eclectic syncretist's picture

Predicting what the lie will be?  wtf?

OneTinSoldier66's picture

Me too. I mean, we have just got waaaay to much free market capitalism, respect for individuals right to choose, and invidividual responsibility going on around here. /s

Sudden Debt's picture


and you get to enjoy that fast and furious game in the traffic that's pilling up after them...

lunaticfringe's picture

Those fuckers drive me insanely mad. Once I followed two truckers side by side for 20 miles. 

CaptainSpaulding's picture

In the mean time, Barclays card is always there to help me with my Apple purchaces ( Interest free ). Thanks Barclays. You were always there when i needed you

JFKFC's picture

Fuck yeah dude. Got my 27" iMac with that card.

Cursive's picture


Should be 60% cut to Q2 forecast

That time has arrived, with Barclays the first to slash its already stall speed 1.0% Q2 GDP forecast by a whopping 40% to 0.4%. Looking forward to the imminent revisions from Goldman and, of course, Joe "Almost as good as Groundhog Phil, almost" Lavorgna.

DeadFred's picture

I'm going with typo door #2 "40% cut to 0.6%". I wonder what the prize will be for the winner?

Cursive's picture


I think you're right.  Cut to 0.6%.  I'm waiting for the future revision to -0.4%.....

TheMayor's picture

This is wrong.

>Barclays the first to slash its already stall speed 1.0% Q2 GDP forecast by a whopping 40% to 0.4%

If it is 1.0% and they cut by 40%, then the result is .6%.

Why don't you just send me every article before it is published and I will edit them all for you.

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

"Why don't you just send me every article before it is published and I will edit them all for you."


Funny, Bernank was saying the same thing.

mess nonster's picture

I'm glad others caught thisas well. I know I have only a modern day public school education, but even to someone like myself, this jumped out at me. in the big picture though, I suspect this kind of math is partly responsible for the trouble we're in.

Here is REEAL math, used by bankers:

darteaus's picture

If the US economy is at stall speed, then the world economy is about to hit the sea wall.

Mentaliusanything's picture

Why, the US Economy was built on debt and margin stealing sicophants. The heart beats but the brain is dying. One day you will wake up and realize you, to quote Charlton Heston "blew it up"

What do you get when in search of profit you export your education, export your inflation, export your jobs and export arms... blow back baby.

 It appears nothing was learnt from Bizintine,Rome, England and now America.

Tis a death of attrition. Rome would have prospered if it stayed within is borders, same for the English, you need to go back to tired but happy full time workers who keep a balanced check book and build a 54 Chevy. The World will buy it, fuck me they are still running and mine gets the looks and would turn a Hyundia into flat plate. Build it and they will come. Bring it home

McMolotov's picture

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? What happened to Goldman's massive GDP erection yesterday? We're not saved by the hockeystick?

SRVDisciple's picture

allright! an Animal House reference!

the grateful unemployed's picture

more people working, GDP falling? sounds to me like productivity is declining (the only real economic indicator in a jobless economy) assume productivity is falling, possible reasons? companies not buying tech upgrades, declining improvement in computing power (moores law), or the lack of fungible alternatives, chicken for beef.



sbenard's picture

Stall Speed! Oh goody!

Stocks should rally 150 points on that news.

Who needs an economy? We have PRINTED prosperity now!

Temporalist's picture

This is nothing that $105 WTI can't fix. (almost $106)

ekm's picture

pure bullshit

economy has contracted by 2-3% y/y

McMolotov's picture

You're using an outdated form of math. You should be using the new Pretend Math.

sudzee's picture

Holly seawalls Batman!

the grateful unemployed's picture

just a matter of training. Yellen is sitting next to Bernanke right now, as she guides the plane down. as a joke he says, "keeps your airspeed up, we don't want a Sully Sullivan landing here". she thinks, "you drunken bastard, how did they ever let you fly.."

no matter in the JPM flight control tower, thev've already taken control of the plane, through gaps in their backdoor electronics. right now the desk traders are watching the computer land the plane, while the two Fed chiefs spill coffee over their FOMC minutes.

in a centrally planned economy nobody ever hits the rounddown (carrier jargon for the rear of the flight deck) if you're wondering how JPM can hack into the Fed trading desk, then you may wonder if this is a centrally planned economy.

Bastiat's picture

Good thing social media companies don't require revenue or this could have implications.

trillion_dollar_deficit's picture

Just remember that in all their budget projection models, the CBO uses a 2.9% growth figure for this year and a 4.4% growth figure for next year. In the years 2015-17, they LMFAO use 6.0%+ growth figures and 4.0%+ there after in perpetuity. Somehow thats going to happen as the Fed ends QE and ZIRP. And there will also never be another recession again. Obviously.

SheepDog-One's picture

No problem! The Schwartz is heavily with Shalom Bernank!

Temporalist's picture

And REITS are clearly showing a housing recovery boom:

REITs Deepening Bond Losses as Leverage Forces Sales


CheapBastard's picture

Hey, Temporalist, what are youu talking about? This may be your very last chance to buy that $200k house for $480k, before house prices revert to the norm as mortgage rates rise.

Better grab it before it drops...chance of a lifetime...don't miss out!

Tsar Pointless's picture

EconoDay sees this as being...what's the word? Oh, yeah - bullish!

The draw reflects a big jump in sales, at plus 1.6 percent in May which brings down the sector's stocks-to-shipment ratio to 1.18 which is the lowest since April last year. A low stock-to-sales ratio points to the need for restocking which is a plus for production and employment.

SheepDog-One's picture

AH yes! Perfect opportunity to load up on inventory! But of course! 

monopoly's picture

Imagine if they had the correct and real inflation rate in that figure. -1.0%?

venturen's picture

Long Unicorns

Long Rainbows

My broker told me...

Handful of Dust's picture

The textile industry is on its knees waiting for a knockout. Clothing has flooded the globe (sort of like the USD) and is coming home to roost with plunging prices. Go to any's incredible. They interviewed the Division head of Ralph Lauren a few weeks ago on TV who said the clothing industry looks bleak. "Peope don't have the money or don't want to pay full price anymore," he said.


They are moving out of "High priced China" to places like "cheaper labor" Vietnam and Bangladesh where a fresh batch of slaves anxiously await them.

[ok, I'm paraphrasing the last part]

Temporalist's picture

Dust I've mentioned this to people too but they don't get it.  It's just another sign that the 70% consumer economy may be gone. 

swedish etrade baby's picture

Herbalife is up almost 4%! I want to see the icahnator!

VanillaSkyGuy's picture

This is positive for domestic equities.

ejmoosa's picture

"I wanted my wife to feel better about herself.  She felt she was a bit overweight, and would not have sex.


So every week I would adjust the scale immediately after she weighed herself.  And like clockwork, every week she felt better about her efforts and her confidence climbed.  And she screwed me silly.


It was several months later when her clothes started to split at the seams that she figured out somethng was not right.


But damn, it was good for me until then.  So if it worked for her, why not the nation".


Ben Bernanke's Secret Transcripts 

OneTinSoldier66's picture

Bullish for a Maria Bartiromo BTD mentality, right?


Of course, the price of Gold should go down on this news so that more mining companies go out of business. As we all know, gold is pretty much completely worthless. It's just a barbarous old relic, nothing but a yellow metal, you can't eat it, it doesn't pay a dividend, it's a horrible store of value, a terrible medium of exchange, and you can't print it up out of thin air.


Unbacked irredeemable paper money on the other hand is great and wonderful, it can be printed up out of thin air, it pays a dividend, and you can eat it, etc... /s

TheMayor's picture

It has been hours now, you still haven't fixed the 2nd sentence.  I guess credibility is overrated these days?

>with Barclays the first to slash its already stall speed 1.0% Q2 GDP forecast by a whopping 40% to 0.4%.

No, wrong to 0.6%