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US Real GDP growth was revised down to 2.2% in the fourth quarter from a previous estimate of 2.6% which will likely delay the Fed on raising rates.....

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  1. US Real GDP growth was revised down to 2.2% in the fourth quarter from a previous estimate of 2.6% which will likely delay the Fed on raising rates until September.
  2. The US budget deficit widened slightly in January, fueled in part by higher spending on government health care services for low-income Americans.
  3. The EU executive arm raised its GDP forecast of the Eurozone to 1.3% for 2015 from 1.1% in November, and to 1.9% in 2016 from 1.7% earlier.
  4. Confidence in the Eurozone's economy strengthened for the second straight month in February.
  5. Greece secured a four-month extension of its financial rescue when its Eurozone partners approved a reform plan.
  6. Japan’s industrial output increased the most in more than three years while retail sales slid and inflation slowed, underscoring strength in export industries and weak domestic demand.
  7. S&P sharply raised India's growth forecasts and said the economy should be a "bright spot" in Asia. The growth forecast was raised to 7.9% from 6.2% for the year ending March 2016.

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