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Analysts at Nomura expect that US durable goods orders in April likely declined 1.2% m-o-m driven by weaker orders of new transportation equipment.

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“We think new orders of autos and civilian aircraft and parts softened during the month while defense aircraft orders likely picked up. Excluding volatile transportation equipment, we forecast a 0.6% m-o-m increase in durable goods orders.”

“Incoming data point to solid momentum in industrial activity heading towards end-Q2. Production of ex-transportation durable goods rose solidly by 0.7% m-o-m in April after a decline in March. Moreover, incoming business surveys point to elevated activity near term despite concerns over US trade policy.”