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U.S. Economy Shows Signs of Heating Up—but Not Sizzling

MarketWatch (06/21/15) Jeffry Bartash

Although the U.S. economy appears to be heating up, with job creation picking up, the housing market on the rebound, and consumers increasing their spending, experts say it does not mean the economy will sizzle, given soft business investment and the weak global economy. Economic growth has been up and down since the recession ended six years ago, and the current up phase is expected to result in significantly faster growth in the second quarter.

Economists polled by MarketWatch anticipate 2.8% growth in the second quarter, but many are uncertain whether growth could jump to the 3% range in the last two quarters of 2015, a level it has not seen since 2005. Experts say that in response, the U.S. Federal Reserve is not likely to abandon its wait-and-see approach to raising rates just yet.