U.S. economy, as measured by the gross domestic product (GDP), grew 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019, accelerating its pace from 2.2% at the end of 2018. The reading came as a surprise to many given it significantly surpassed consensus estimates of 2.3%. The U.S. economy grew at a faster pace, despite the government shutdown earlier in the year and overcoming the fading effects of the tax cuts. The 3.2% GDP reading is strong by any measure; however, the details of the report were a mixed bag.