GDP Beat Re-Prices Chance of Fed Hike

February 29, 2016

GDP Beat Re-Prices Chance of Fed Hike:

“USD Prelim GDP q/q “1.0% v 0.4% expected)”

The US economy expanded in Q4 2015, giving USD bulls reason to be optimistic on the overall health of the economy.

Gross Domestic product printed a 1% annualised growth rate compared with the 0.4% expected, sending the Dollar rallying as the Fed comes back into play for 2016.

With further rate increases being all but written off after the horrible start to the calendar year, the GDP print removes the talk of recession and points to a continued rebound.

US Gross Domestic Product chart

Chart: CNBC

The above CNBC chart shows the data from a visual viewpoint and while it is certainly contracting, it’s not as bad as what has been priced in. It’s this ‘not as bad as it could have been’ point that markets are lapping up at least for the short term.

– Inventories +$81.7 billion annualised rate.
– Growth -0.14% (-0.45% previous).
– Trade gap -0.25% (-0.47%).
– Household consumption +2% annualised rate (2.2% previous) – This is a huge part of the economy.

The summarised numbers above all point to the Fed being back in play this year. Each new piece of data causes the probability of a hike to swing wildly and it’s this perception that traders can take advantage of as Forex markets price and re-price one month to the next.

The probability of a June hike rose to 35% from 24% last week, while a December hike jumped above the magic 50% level to 53% from 36% last week. Crazy.

EUR/USD 15 Minute:
Forex chart, EURUSD 15 Minute 160229
Click on chart to see a larger view.

After Friday’s huge fall in EUR/USD on the data release, we open with a nice gap and an opportunity to fill.

EDIT: Price of course filled the gap before I hit publish on the blog. Kudos to those that jumped on board!

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Chart of the Day:
The fact that USD/CAD hasn’t managed any sort of a bounce throughout last week’s US GDP number highlights the short-term weakness in the pair. Of course I say short term as even a further 600 pip pull-back will still see the pair correct healthily to the weekly bullish trend line and still remain bullish overall.

USD/CAD Daily:
Forex chart, USDCAD Daily 160229
Click on chart to see a larger view.

Today’s chart of the day sees price return to marked previous resistance with the potential to this time act as support. With stops lurking below the obvious level, some of the pair’s weakness in the face of broader USD strength is surely due to the stops lurking below this level and the market wanting to take them out before bouncing.

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On the Calendar Monday:
JPY Retail Sales y/y
NZD ANZ Business Confidence

EUR German Retail Sales m/m

USD Chicago PMI
USD Pending Home Sales m/m

A whole raft of second and third tier data on the economic calendar today. With the juicy data to come later in the week, not much is expected around today’s numbers but something to be aware of nonetheless.

Do you see opportunity trading USD/CAD? Take advantage on your own instant $50,000 Forex demo account.

Dane Williams – @VantageFX

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