Investors are expecting the release of important economic data this week: we expect range-bound movement to continue for

According to the presented forecasts, it is assumed that the US economy will reduce the growth rate to 3.1% in the first quarter of this year from 3.2% a year earlier. In principle, if the values turn out to be exactly that, it is unlikely to have a negative impact on the local stock market since investors logically believe that a slowdown in economic growth will force the Fed to think about the beginning of lower interest rates. On the other hand, if the numbers are better than expected, positive and will stimulate market interest in the shares of US companies.

However, the negative for global markets in this situation may be the publication of the values of the index of business activity in the manufacturing sector in China, which suggest a decrease to 49.9 points from 50.1 points. If the forecast is confirmed, this may cause a new wave of sales in the markets.

Another important data coming out this week will have to have a direct impact on the dynamics of the US dollar. These are the values of the basic index of personal consumption expenditure (RFE), as well as figures on income and expenditure of Americans for the month of April. It is assumed that the data will show a positive trend in monthly terms. If they really show it, we can expect a local growth of the US dollar, as the published values of the indicators may strengthen the expectation that the Fed will continue to wait and not lower interest rates in the near future. This possibility is the main factor influencing the dynamics exchange rate of the American currency.

Summing up, we note that the dollar may receive support after the release of possibly strong US GDP data, as well as after the publication of positive values of the basic index of personal consumption expenditure (RFE) and figures for income and expenditure. However, if they disappoint then the dollar may be under local pressure.

Forecast of the day:

The EUR/USD pair is trading below 1.1185 in the wake of expectations. Perhaps new stimulus measures from the ECB, as well, as the publication of important economic data from China and the US will be released this week. If the pair consolidates below 1.1185, it may continue to fall to 1.1125.

The GBP/USD pair on the wave of the government crisis in Britain remains under pressure. It has significant potential to fall first to 1.2620 and then to 1.2575.

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