After a lack of fundamentals and low trading volume in Europe today, all eyes turns to the US again. Traders will be awaiting two major events, including Durable Goods Orders and the testimony of the Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
Durable Goods Orders: this indicator measures the change in the total value of new purchase orders placed with manufacturers for durable goods
Core Durable Goods: this indicator is similar to Durable Goods Orders, but it measures the change in the total value of new purchase orders placed with manufacturers for durable goods, excluding transportation items
Janet Yellen’s Testimony: Yellen is due to testify on supervision and regulation before the Committee on Financial Services in Washington DC today
Why This Is Important
Durable Goods Orders is a leading indicator of the nation’s production. Rising purchase orders means that manufacturers will increase activity as they work to fill the orders.
As for Janet Yellen’s testimony, as head of the central bank, which controls short-term interest rates, she has more influence over the nation’s currency value than any other person. Traders scrutinize her public engagements because they are often used to drop subtle clues regarding future monetary policies.
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Today’s economic releases are set to have a notable impact on the markets, especially the US Dollar pairs. The expectations are pointing to weaker results for the month August. If the figures come in as expected, the US Dollar is likely to lose some grounds. A weaker reading, however, would increase the downside pressure while a higher reading would maintain the US Dollar stabilization ahead of the Federal Reserve Chair testimony.
What Matters The Most
In today’s figures, traders should focus on Core Durable Goods Orders more than the Durable Goods Orders. This is primarily because core goods figures show the real production levels by excluding volatile goods.