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A look at the state of the US economy through Q2 earnings reports of 34 major American companies

Prognosticating what's in store for the U.S. economy is risky business, so we're not even going to try to do so. But, how is the U.S. economy progressing apart from what indicators like the unemployment rate tell us? Perhaps a portrait of the economy's overall health, nearly six years after the onset of the Great Recession, can begin to emerge when looking at the second quarter earnings reports of a cross-section of American corporations -- some new to the scene, like high-flying Facebook, and others iconic blue chip companies that have been around since the early 20th century, like Ford. Scroll through the slide show below and see which companies were the big winners during the second quarter, and which companies fell short of expectations.

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aguilamnstr July 26 2014 at 11:23 AM

Why do we have to be a Facebook member to comment on huffington post articles? And why are all the comments %99 liberal? That's tyranny in the internet media.

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wewilldestroyyoufromtheinside July 26 2014 at 2:31 PM

The "Great Recession" was caused primarily by a collapsed housing market and that my friends was fully on the shoulders of Barney frank and his Liberal democrat pals in bother the House and senate.

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John July 26 2014 at 1:36 PM

The TAX of Obamacare is just beginning to be felt by consumers. Paying $500 per month in taxes sure takes a lot out of a person's pocket and stops them from being able to purchase things they need. The result of this Obamacare TAX will end up causing another recession.

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Steve John July 26 2014 at 9:35 PM

You've been paying taxes all your life. Just because you think the prez is behind it all doesn't mean taxes are any higher. He doesn't set the tax rates, your stupid Republican congress does!

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Randy July 26 2014 at 9:42 AM

Yep... the lack of a coherent economic policy and the full body hug the administration has on the fraud of Keynesian theory is just producing booming results. USA growth is now predicted to be LESS than 1% for the entire year - and the "3%" growth the Obama administration crowed about for the 2nd quarter was really more in the neighborhood of less than 1%. Stand by for the restated numbers again - late on a Friday afternoon.

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Iselin007 July 26 2014 at 1:22 PM

The economy of crap jobs and low -participation rate explains why people aren't swallowing the is BS.

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kitharris1 Iselin007 July 26 2014 at 2:05 PM

the democrats don't even know what you mean when you say low job participation rate! lol

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mendhambay Iselin007 July 27 2014 at 12:57 AM

It's hard to swallow YOUR BS, too.

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toneitup July 26 2014 at 2:02 PM

Huffington post......Liberal trash. I see right past the CRAP!

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John toneitup July 26 2014 at 3:07 PM

Actually you can't see past whatever cable channel Fox News is on and the mindless blabber from B.S. Mountain.

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evnsaffl July 26 2014 at 3:57 PM

kcarthey: WRONG. Dem Barney Frank emphatically declared Freddie and Fannie “sound” (his own words at the beginning of the financial crash) even before 2006.

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lawless.obama.government July 26 2014 at 3:05 PM

The economy SUCKS because of what bleeding heart Liberal Democrats have done to it.
Barney Frank and the DEMOCRAT controlled Congress during President Bush's last years in office are responsible for that "Great Recession" - Housing Market collapse.
President Bush tried to curtail the wild ideas coming out of Barney gay-boy brain to force banks into handing unstable and unsecured loans to people who did not have the means to pay-off those loans.
In Fact -
Barney boy gave a speech assuring America that the housing market was strong, safe and secure --
then 6 months later it collapsed..!
Now Obama is driving our economy off another cliff with his soon to be seen disaster 'healthcare' scam.

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pete July 26 2014 at 11:53 AM

Great news for these companies and their stockholders and the banks.


You know, the ones who actually do the word for those companies, banks, and government????

We're paying more than twice as much for gas than we were the day Bush left office, but the price of a barrel of crude has only increases a few dollars.

That increased cost of gas at the pump means we pay more for everything from artichokes to zima.

Interest rates are up, taxes are up ("I will not raise taxes on the middle class one single dime!") ((but I WILL raise the cost of everything else, and that extra cost will be a 'hidden' tax)).

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Frank July 26 2014 at 12:11 PM

Screw this zuckerbug-he's a commie obummer lover

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