A recent article from Marketwatch announces that the U.S. Economy grew at 5.7% in the 4th quarter.  This will strongly fuel perceptions that recovery is underway.

With consistent negative new reports on the worst recession in generations, the U.S. economy grew at the fastest pace in six years during the fourth quarter of 2009.

According to data released last week by the Commerce Department, the real gross domestic product increased at a 5.7% seasonally adjusted annual rate in the final three months of the year.  The 5.7% increase was in line with the 5.4% gain expected by economists surveyed by MarketWatch. Even with this increased growth, the economy shrank 2.4% in 2009, the worst drop since the 10.9% decline in 1946.