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Median estimate for the first publication of GDP for Q1 is +1.8% y/y after +3.1% in Q2, wit promising employment numbers on the one hand and underlying weakness in the housing market on the other that has led a number of prominent institutions to downgrade their economic growth forecasts for Q1 and 2011 as a whole.
As a reminder, yesterday Bernanke said in the press conference that he believes GDP growth will be less than 2% as slower consumer spending and a wider trade deficit slowered economic activity at the start of the year.
Above estimates: A strong reading above 1.8% should give the USD some strength to correct the selling pressure. Data should ideally breach the psichological 2% band, this could trigger a strong rebound in the Dollar, aiming to set under $1.4800. Below this achievable break, not much support is seen until $1.4700, stronger support, ahead of $1.4650.
Below estimates: Should the number fall short of 1.8%, then the Dollar is poised to extend gains towards the next area of resistance at $1.4900. Upon the touch of this new high, the doors for $1.5000 big round number will get widely opened. From a weekly perspective, the chart does not show much resistance until $1.5120/30 area.
In line with expectations: Data in line with estimates may not be good enough for the Dollar. However, Euro may find it hard to overstrech much further. For these reasons, we favour quotes to consolidate near highs with the potential to see a pullback to $1.4700.
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