US data has mostly disappointed so far this year, with relatively broad-based weakness. Against widespread expectations of an acceleration early in the year, private consumption has remained lacklustre, despite the c.USD 800/household annual windfall from lower gasoline prices. Retail sales have undershot the market consensus for five straight months. As a result of widespread data disappointment, including on payrolls, the US surprise indices have continued to slide down. The Bloomberg surprise index is the lowest since the global financial crisis. The second Q1 GDP data release (Friday, 08:30 ET) may be a painful reminder of the poor start to the year. “We forecast a downward revision to -0.9% q/q SAAR (consensus: -0.8%), from 0.2% in the first print and 2.2% in Q4-2015”,says Standard Chartered.This revision would be mostly on lower inventories and net trade, while private consumption could be raised slightly (although to a still-meagre 2.0% q/q SAAR). This could fuel debate about ‘residual seasonality’ in Q1 GDP data, which some San Francisco Fed researchers have recently discussed in their 18 May note, and that the statistics agency said it would tackle when updated data is released in late July.
The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com