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EUR/USD Update : U.S. Economy Shrinks for First Time Since 2011; Pent Demand Suggests Temporary Setback



Good day forex traders and readers.

It is almost the end of the week and we are observing a retreat of the US dollar for now. After touching the 1.35s momentarily, the EUR/USD is now back above 1.36. Do be careful though as there is nothing concrete to suggest an end to the bearish run.

Find below an article from Bloomberg regarding the US economy. This will likely revive some negative sentiment towards the American outlook.

Photographer: Tim Rue/Bloomberg Related

The economy in the U.S. contracted for the first time in three years from January through March as companies added to inventories at a slower pace and curtailed investment.

Gross domestic product fell at a 1 percent annualized rate in the first quarter, a bigger decline than projected, after a previously reported 0.1 percent gain, the Commerce Department said today in Washington . The last time the economy shrank was in the same three months of 2011. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.5 percent drop.

A pickup in receipts at retailers, stronger manufacturing and faster job growth indicate the first-quarter setback will prove temporary as pent-up demand is unleashed. Federal Reserve policy makers said at their April meeting that the economy has strengthened after adverse weather took its toll.

“The good news is that the first quarter is over, it was a difficult one for the U.S. economy,” said Ryan Sweet, senior economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania . “I wouldn’t worry too much about the decline, it’s mostly driven by less construction spending and less inventory accumulation. This quarter should be a good one.”

Another report today showed fewer Americans than forecast filed for unemployment benefits last week. Jobless claims dropped by 27,000 to 300,000. The four-week average decreased to the lowest level since August 2007. Photographer: Davis Turner/Bloomberg “Growth in key indicators such as employment, income, and consumer spending have… Read More Stock-index futures held gains after the figures. The contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in June rose 0.1 percent to 1,911.5 at 8:52 a.m. in New York. Economists’ Forecasts

Projections of the 79 economists surveyed by Bloomberg for GDP, the value of all goods and services produced, ranged from a decline of […]

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