Our indicators this week explain Meta stock, GDP growth and natural gas prices : The Indicator from Planet Money How did energy-starved Europe end up with too much natural gas? New GDP numbers look strong, but how is the economy really doing? And is Meta betting too big on the metaverse? This week's indicators explain.

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GDP, LNG and Meta's Q3

GDP, LNG and Meta's Q3

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A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker arrives at a gas storage station.
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No such thing as a free lunch ... but last week, there definitely was free liquefied natural gas. Actually, $16 less than free. Our indicators this week touch on how Europe is preparing for a winter energy crunch, why this week's GDP report might not be as shiny as it appears on the surface, and whether Mark Zuckerberg is betting too big on the metaverse.

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