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US GDP revised up to 1.2%, core durables miss –

Good news from the US: the economy grew by 1.2% annualized against 0.9% expected. Personal consumption  was revised up to 0.6%.

Durable goods orders are up 0.7% but core orders disappointed with a drop of 0.4%. Excluding defense and air  expenses, we see a drop of 0.1% against 0.5% expected.

The US dollar is slightly stronger but not going anywhere fast. Here is the euro/dollar chart. The pound seems to extend its falls,  moving more on its own weakness than on the US data.

Earlier this week, the Fed’s meeting minutes left a bit for everyone. The members would like to raise rates but want more evidence. It is hard to see a smoking gun for a rate hike from this data.

More:  Technical levels to watch – last week of May 2017

The US was expected to  report an upgrade of the Q1 2017 assessment from 0.7% to 0.9%. The figures are all annualized. So, quarter over quarter, this would still keep us in the 0.2% zone.

Durable goods orders are released at the same time and are expected to fall by 1.2% against +1.7%. Core orders carry expectations for +0.5% after +0.8%.

The US dollar was strengthening ahead of the publication. EUR/USD slipped under 1.12, GBP/USD is around 1.2840, a drop of over 100 pips.

USD/JPY stands out and falls to 111. This is a risk off move.

Yohay Elam

Yohay Elam

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.