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Core durable goods orders beat expectations with +0.5% –

Finally some good  underlying data: core durable goods orders are up 0.5% in April, better than +0.3% expected. This also came on top of an(other) upwards revision to the March data to +0.6%. The headline orders number came out at -0.5% as expected, but on top of an upwards revision as well: 5.1% instead of 4.7% in March.

USD is stronger with EUR/USD sliding below 1.09.

More data: excluding defense and air, it’s 1% higher against 0.3% expected and with an upwards revision from -0.5% to 1.5% this time. Also other measures are better than expected for April and for the March revisions.

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Currency reactions

US durable goods orders were expected to  slide by 0.4% in April after a  jump of 4.7% in March (revised data). Core orders carried expectations for +0.5% after an upwards revised 0.3%.  This Q2 figure should be good to support the V-shaped economic  activity theory.

The US dollar took a small break from its rally, with EUR/USD rising above 1.0925 just before  the event, partially erasing the big falls.

The original publication for March, which  showed  yet another drop in core orders, was very worrying as it reflected  an ongoing squeeze on investment.

Later we  have quite a few more economic indicators as US traders return from their bank holiday. Consumer confidence and new home sales stand out.

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Yohay Elam

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Yohay Elam: Founder, Writer and Editor I have been into forex trading for over 5 years, and I share the experience that I have and the knowledge that I've accumulated. After taking a short course about forex. Like many forex traders, I've earned a significant share of my knowledge the hard way. Macroeconomics, the impact of news on the ever-moving currency markets and trading psychology have always fascinated me. Before founding Forex Crunch, I've worked as a programmer in various hi-tech companies. I have a B. Sc. in Computer Science from Ben Gurion University. Given this background, forex software has a relatively bigger share in the posts.