Will EUR/USD buy the fact on a super-strong US GDP?
is recovering, but this can be described only as yet another “dead cat bounce.” The rise is limited, and the moves have stalled. The divergence between the substantial slowdown in the euro-zone and the robust US economy received another confirmation on Thursday.
US Durable Goods Orders jumped by 2.7% in March, more than triple the initial expectations. Excluding defense and air, aka the “core of the core,” orders rose by 1.3%, an encouraging figure. Not only do the data represent a revival of investment, but they also feed into today’s US GDP report.
Official expectations stand at 2.1% annualized growth in Q1 2019, but realistic expectations are probably higher, especially as the Atlanta Fed’s number stands at 2.7%. A 3% level or higher are also possible.
Today’s release is the first one, which tends to provide the broadest surprises and has the most significant impact. In addition to the headline, markets will want to see the components. Consumption, investment, and exports are considered “good growth” while government spending and inventory building are the “wrong” types of growth.
How will markets react?
A 3% level is USD positive, especially as growth in the first quarter is usually slow. However, after the downfall and the high expectations, the US Dollar may already price in a considerably fast growth rate and may “sell the fact” once the data comes out and as traders get ready for the weekend.
Apart from US data, there are reports that the US has made concessions to China on pharma clauses related to pharma in the trade talks. Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged not to devalue the yuan. There are no European figures due today.
EUR/USD Technical Analysis
The Relative Strength Index on the four-hour is at 31 at the time of writing, just above oversold conditions. Momentum is to the downside, and the 50 Simple Moving Average crossed the 200-one to the downside. All in all, the picture is bearish, but oversold conditions remain close.
Euro/dollar is battling 1.1140 which was the initial low after the downfall. The new 2019 trough of 1.1118 is the next line to watch. Further down, we are back to levels last seen in 2017: 1.1025 and 1.0900.
1.1176 was the previous low of the year, set back in March. 1.1205 was a swing low earlier in April, now serving as resistance. 1.1230 separated ranges earlier this week, and 1.1265 capped EUR/USD earlier.