German GDP overview
German gross domestic product (GDP) due at 06:00 GMT is forecasted to show the economy expanded 0.4% quarter-on-quarter in the first three months of 2019. The growth rate had stalled in the final quarter of 2018. The annualized GDP is forecasted to rise 0.7% in the first quarter, having risen by 0.9% in the final three months of the previous year.
Weak German growth rate priced in
That German economy has slowed down considerably over the last few quarters is generally accepted by now and seems to have been priced in by markets. This is evident from the fact that EUR/USD has dropped from 1.1570 to 1.11 in the first five months of this year despite the rising odds of Fed rate cut.
German growth picked up pace in the first quarter
Having narrowly escaped recession in the second half of 2018, German economy is widely forecasted to have picked up pace in the first quarter of 2019. This is because China’s economy stabilized in the first three months and German consumer spending, as represented by retail sales, ticked higher.
Impact on EUR/USD
EUR/USD is on the defensive, having validated Monday’s bearish inverted hammer with a close below 1.1222 on Tuesday. Essentially, the upside break of the trendline connecting March 20 and April 17 highs confirmed on Friday failed to entice buyers and the pair ended up carving another bearish lower high at 1.1263.
The pair, therefore, looks set to test 1.1176 (March 7 low) and could slide further if Germany reports a weaker-than-expected rebound in growth rate. The losses could be limited around 1.1176 if German GDP matches estimates, while a move above 1.1263 could be seen if the growth rate beats expectations by a big margin.
A daily close above 1.1263 would invalidate the bearish lower highs pattern and allow a stronger rally toward the 200-day moving average, currently lined up at 1.1397. The bulls, however, may struggle to force a daily close above 1.1263, courtest of heightened US-China trade tensions.
About German GDP
The Gross Domestic Product released by the Statistisches Bundesamt Deutschland is a measure of the total value of all goods and services produced by Germany. The GDP is considered as a broad measure of the German economic activity and health. A high reading or a better than expected number has a positive effect on the EUR, while a falling trend is seen as negative (or bearish).