Breaking: US GDP beats with 2.6%, USD moves up

The US economy grew at an annualized pace of 2.6% in Q4 2018, slightly better than expected. For the full year, the economy grew by 3.1%, a healthy rate.

Personal consumption, the most important component, rose by 2.8%. The Core PCE stood at 1.7%. 

All in all, a slight beat and the US Dollar rose. EUR/USD dropped below 1.1400 on the news, retreating from the three-week highs.

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EURUSD down on US GDP February 28 2019

The US was expected to report an annualized GDP growth rate of 2.3% in the fourth quarter of 2018, slower than 3.4% in the final read for Q3. The publication has been delayed due to the government shutdown, the longest in history.

The plunge in retail sales in December caused quite a few economists to raise their eyebrows and made predicting the GDP data harder.

Apart from the GDP data, initial jobless claims are due at the same time. 

Earlier, markets focused on the unsuccessful Kim-Trump summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. Trade talks between the US and China and 

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