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Optimistic outlook for fourth-quarter GDP numbers

As companies began to restock their shelves in October, production had to ramp up to fill those orders. Some analysts believe this will contribute to a large jump in gross domestic product numbers released today.

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A jump in GDP may veil realities
Article | A year ago, the Union Pacific railroad was scouring the country for places to park its idle freight cars -- about 60,000 of them. With auto, coal and chemical shipments plunging, Union Pacific's chief executive, James R. Young, was also scouring the landscape for a bright spot.

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