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USD/JPY Sinks as US Economy Contracts 2.9% in First Quarter

USD/JPY Sinks as US Economy Contracts 2.9% in First Quarter

David Maycotte,

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  • US Final Revision of First-Quarter GDP -2.9% vs -1.9% estimated
  • Japanese Yen Rises US Dollar Following Data Release
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The final revision of first-quarter GDP disappointed as the economy contracted 2.9 percent, missing analyst estimates calling for a print of 1.9 percent. Economic output declined at the fastest pace since 2009. Although the figure reported worse than expected, DailyFX Strategist Ilya Spivak says that the trend in US economic data has broadly (if unevenly) continued to improve since early April. With this in mind it is possible that market participants may re-evaluate US Dollar weakness following last week’s FOMC announcement.

The economic release prompted a bearish USD/JPY reaction.

[See: USD/JPY Coiled for a Move; Looking Lower Under June High]

USD/JPY Sinks as US Economy Contracts 2.9% in First Quarter

USD/JPY 5-Minute Chart using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

-- Written by David Maycotte, DailyFX Research Team. Questions, comments or concerns can be sent to instructor@dailyfx.com.

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