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CNBC to Launch CNBC Rapid Update Powered by Moody's Analytics



CNBC Senior Economics Reporter Steve Liesman to Lead Coverage for CNBC Business Day Programming and

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., MARCH 25, 2014—With markets moving rapidly on reams of incoming economic data, it can be dizzying for investors to make sense of it all. Which data points matter and how much do they matter?

CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, today announced the launch of CNBC Rapid Update powered by Moody's Analytics, a tool that offers a new market-wide measure of how much an economic report changes the outlook on Wall Street for U.S. growth forecasts. Moody's Analytics, a leading independent provider of economic forecasting, will be aggregating the data on behalf of CNBC. Steve Liesman, CNBC Senior Economics Reporter, will lead the coverage for CNBC Business Day programming and

As the latest economic news is released, the CNBC Rapid Update will measure how the data changes the average tracking forecast among a select group of Wall Street economists for Gross Domestic Product. The economic data points include: vehicle sales, construction spending, retail sales, international trade, import prices, business inventories, consumer price index, industrial production, durable goods and personal income/spending.

"The individual releases matter most importantly because of what they say about the outlook for growth in the United States," says Liesman. "But until now there has been no systematic way for investors or economists to gauge the average view on the Street of the impact of individual data points on the big picture."

Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody's Analytics says, "This statistic translates the blizzard of economic data into what it means for real GDP growth. No other statistic measures the economy's overall growth in real time."

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