Canadian Dollar Gets GDP Growth Boost

The Canadian dollar gained for a fourth day after economic growth rebounded to the fastest in almost three years in the second quarter, led by exports and household spending on big-ticket items.

The currency extended a weekly advance against its U.S. peer as Canada’s growth has picked up along with the American economy, which grew at a 4.2 percent annualized second-quarter pace, the Commerce Department said yesterday from Washington. Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz has said it will take another two years to use up slack that built up in the world’s 11th largest economy.

“Even though the headline data came in stronger than the market was expecting, it wasn’t that much stronger that it’s going to cause the Canadian dollar to appreciate too much,” David Bradley, director of foreign exchange trading at Scotia Capital Inc., a unit of Bank of Nova Scotia, said by phone from Toronto. “We had a little bit of a move down to the lows we’ve seen recently” for the U.S. dollar, he said.

The loonie, nicknamed for the image of the aquatic bird on the C$1 coin, rose 0.2 percent to C$1.0844 per U.S. dollar at 9:04 a.m. in Toronto. It touched C$1.0831 after climbing to C$1.0829 on Aug. 27, the strongest since July 29.

The loonie’s weekly gain of 0.9 percent gave it a monthly advance to 0.6 percent. It’s still down 1.6 percent this quarter and 2 percent year-to-date.

The yield on Canada’s benchmark 10-year bond rose to 2.01 percent after touching 1.979 percent yesterday, the lowest since May 2013. It’s down from a 2014 high of 2.80 percent on Jan. 2.

via Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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