Brocker.Org: US: Q1 GDP release likely to confirm a slowdown – TDS

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In view of the analysts at TDS, the advance GDP release from US is likely to confirm a slowdown to a below-trend pace.

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“We are roughly in line with the market consensus and look for a 1.3% print, reflecting sub-par consumer spending and a drag from net exports. The reading would be in stark contrast to relatively bullish survey data, though we note that residual seasonality is partly at play. Because of this, the Fed is likely to look through below-trend Q1 growth given robust labor market conditions.”

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