Ouch! 2nd Quarter in a Row with Steep Economic Decline
New York Times says it best: "The gross domestic product shrank at an annual rate of 6.1 percent from January through March after a 6.3 percent decline in the fourth quarter of 2008. Not since 1958 have Americans experienced such a sharp contraction over six months." Basically, companies are just not buying. Is there a silver lining? "But on Wall Street, investors barely flinched at the worse-than-expected decline in economic output. Stock markets rallied 2 percent in midday trading as two big media and entertainment companies beat earnings expectations and analysts upgraded their outlook on bank profits."