The risk sentiment remains under pressure after the comments by China about the countermeasures against the US tariffs. Thus, the AUD/USD and the USD/JPY pairs will be under our attention.
US manufacturing sector stabilizes
In February, new orders for major American capital goods went down, while shipments didn’t change, although January’s data was updated a bit up, which could back views that the manufacturing sector was already stabilizing.
On Tuesday, the Commerce Department's mixed report on Tuesday emerged on the heels of a poll disclosing a rebound in a gauge of factory activity in March from a more than a two-year minimum. In fact, manufacturing has been struggling in part by decelerating global surge as well as a trade conflict between China and America.
Manufacturing still requires a driver to raise activity levels and experts guess that will come once the trade agreement with China seems to be ironed out.
As for orders for non-defense capital goods without aircraft, they inched down by 0.1%, suppressed by weakening demand for machinery as well as computers along with electronic products. Additionally, in January, core capital goods orders shot up by 0.9% in contrast with the previously recorded 0.8%.
Market experts had hoped core capital goods orders wouldn’t change in February. As for core capital goods orders, they ascended by 2.6% on a year-on-year basis.
In fact, shipments of core capital goods didn’t change after an upwardly updated 1% ascend in March. Evidently, core capital goods shipments are employed to calculate equipment spending in the government's GDP measurement.
Earlier they were reported to have tacked on by 0.8% in January. In fact, the February report was postponed by a 35-day partial shutdown of the federal cabinet, which concluded on January 25. The March report is going to be uncovered on April 25 as anticipated.
American financial markets were merely impacted by the data.
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