EUR/USD reacted with a small drop immediately after the GDP release today but then retraced and is now trading with a considerable daily gain. The Q2 2009 GDP change value was expected to be negatively revised today but since the revision didn’t happen, traders react on a positive signal for the U.S. (and global) economy. EUR/USD is currently trading near 1.4269.
U.S. real GDP decreased at an annual rate of 1.0% in the second quarter of 2009 according the latest estimate report. Previous estimate report also showed a -1.0% change. Traders expected a revision of the estimate to a drop by 1.5%. The GDP fell by 6.4% in the first quarter of 2009.
Initial jobless claims declined to 570k last week, down from 580k a week before (revised from 576k). A decline to 565k was expected from this report.