of GDP, along with current Gross Domestic Output (average of GDP and GDI):
Figure 1: GDP (black), Gross Domestic Output (tan), IHS-Markit tracking (red triangle), GDPNow (green square), Goldman Sachs (pink triangle), Survey of Professional Forecasters median (teal), all in bn. Ch.2012$, SAAR. Source: BEA, Philadelphia Fed (May), IHS-Markit (6/24), Atlanta Fed (6/27), Goldman Sachs (6/27), and author’s calculations.
Both IHS-Markit and Atlanta Fed are under (0.9%, 0.3% SAAR) the Survey of Professional Forecasters mark of Q2, using survey responses at end-April. On the other hand, GDPNow is in its latest assessment indicating positive growth rather than zero. Goldman Sachs is at 3.9%, while St. Louis Fed’s economic news based nowcast (of 6/24) is for 3.7% growth (last one not shown).
Note that GDO was flat in 2022Q1 (see Furman (2016) for discussion).
GDPNow and tracking forecasts are based upon higher frequency data that come in before the relevant quarter’s advance release. The fact that they are in the positive range is suggestive that the first print for Q2 GDP will not be negative. However, as with all such macro data, there will be subsequent revisions which will very likely change the contours of the time series, thus explaining why the NBER BCDC usually waits a long time before making a determination on trough (or peak, for that matter).