soft patch


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soft patch

[′sȯft ′pach]
(computer science)
A temporary change in a computer program's machine language that is carried out while the program is in memory, and thus prevails only for the duration of a single run of the program.
(engineering)
A patch in a crack in a vessel such as a steam boiler consisting of a soft material inserted in the crack and covered by a metal plate bolted or riveted to the vessel.

soft patch

A quick fix to machine language currently in memory that only lasts for the current session.
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Second, they want to know whether this soft patch indicates the end of the current business cycle - one of the longest on record, incidentally.
It is reflective of the continuation of the soft patch that the economy has been going through, but looking forward it seems that we're starting to gain a little bit of traction," Russell Price, a senior economist at Ameriprise Financial told (http://www.
I think they'll have to recognize that we're in a soft patch, but they'll probably say it's not a recession.
Trading at 10 to 11 times forward earnings, European equity have already discounted a form of soft patch.
We however believe the soft patch will prove short-lived.
He said: "This looks increasingly challenging given the headwinds facing the economy and the current soft patch it is enduring.
After closing at its highest level in nearly three years on April 29, the S&P 500 has tumbled nearly seven per cent on the back of a barrage of soft economic data, sparking the debate over whether the economy is headed for a double-dip, or has merely hit a soft patch in its recovery.
From a market stand-point three main issues must be addressed: the reason for the soft patch, its main characteristics and the policy response," Goulletquer added.
The key question going forward is whether this soft patch is transitory, as the Fed suggests, or is something of even greater concern.
It is likely that this will be a soft patch in the coming months but overall it will probably be a soft patch rather than a double-dip recession or something worse," said Sean Incremona an economist at 4CAST in New York.
The economy entered a soft patch at the back end of 2010, and there have been few signs of a bounce-back.
The two preferred methods are the soft patch and emergency water-activated repair patch (EWARP).