US Prelim GDP q/q | May 26, 2017 | Forex Trading

Event Details At-A-Glance:

US Prelim GDP release is the second release for the 1st quarter of 2017, which is expected at a slight improvement from the previous release due to a slowing economy.  If we get a surprise today, we should see plenty of market reactions to this release, and I believe a surprise to the upside has higher impact and we should see more market reaction in that front.

Considering what FOMC Statement on May 3 stated, where “…growth in economic activity slowed.” I would not hold my breath on a blowout figure today, but considering recent USD dips, a positive surprise will move the market, and a negative surprise means stay away.

8:30am (NY Time) USA Prelim GDP q/q Forecast 0.9% Previous 0.7% (Advanced Q1 GDP)
DEVIATION: 0.3% (BUY USD 1.2% / SELL USD 0.6%)

The Trade Plan 
We are looking for a deviation between 0.3% from the forecasted figure of 0.9%. Therefore if we get a 1.2% on the second quarterly (Q1) 2017 GDP, it would be US Dollar positive. We will BUY USD. However, if we get a 0.6% release or worse, then we would be SELLING USD. We’ll be looking to trade this release based on my Retracement Trading Method; since this is a high impact release, strong market volatility is expected immediately after the release.

I’d recommend to use the Recommended Pair above as it is based on my strength meter by pairing up the best currencies in the event of a better/worse news… or you can just use the default pairs for this news: USDJPY or EURUSD

We’ll be trading this release using an after-news retracement method. For more information on my trading methods, please read:




Outlook Score
Outlook score is derived from market sentiment, focus, and economic indicators for the currency. It represents the long-term trend of the currency and its market perception. In short, a strong Outlook Score means more long-term demand for the currency, and a weak Outlook Score is the opposite.

“US Prelim GDP, which is defined (from wikipedia) as “the market value of all final goods and services produced within a country in a given period of time. It is also considered the sum of value added at every stage of production of all final goods and services produced within a country in a given period of time.” GDP number has a direct effect on the Interest rate of the currency, it is one of the news indicators that affects FOMC’s decision directly.”


Currency Pair Stats
2H-50+ = % of 50+ pips move in 2hrs. | 2H-50 = % of 50+ pips move in 2hrs. for the last 2 years | Range = average range in 2 hrs. | Direction = % match following news direction | PN30 / PN60 / PN90 = average pips move before news release in 30, 60, or 90 mins. period | Spike = initial average spike