USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Dips in Holiday Trade

USD/CAD has posted gains on Monday in light holiday trade. In the European session, USD/ CAD is trading at 1.3880. The Canadian markets are closed for a holiday, and there are no Canadian or US events on the schedule.

Canada’s GDP for October came in at a flat 0.0%, pointing to a lack of economic growth. Although by no means an impressive reading, this was an improvement over the September reading of -0.5%. Core Retail Sales followed suit, also posting a flat reading of 0.0% after a decline of -0.5% a month earlier. There are no real surprises in these weak figures, as the Canadian economy has been hit hard by the steep decline in oil prices, particularly in oil-producing areas locations such as Alberta. This situation has hurt the Canadian dollar, which briefly pushed above the 1.40 level last week, and continues to trade at multi-low levels. The loonie has endured a miserable December, plunging over 500 points against its US counterpart. We are unlikely to see much movement during the last week of 2015, but the Canadian dollar could continue its slide in the New Year.

In the US, November’s durable goods reports were unimpressive, underscoring weakness in the US manufacturing sector. Core Durable Goods slipped by 0.1%, short of the forecast of a 0.1% gain. Durable Goods came in at 0.0%, but this beat the estimate of -0.6%. Housing numbers also disappointed, as New Home Sales dipped to 490 thousand, well off the estimate of 507 thousand. This reading comes on the heels of Existing Home Sales, which posted a weak reading of 4.76 million, its worst performance since April 2014. There was some good news from consumer indicators, as the UoM Consumer Sentiment improved to 92.6 points, above the forecast of 92.1 points and marking a 4-month high.

Monday (Dec. 28)

  • There are no releases out of Canada or the US on Monday

USD/CAD for Monday, December 28, 2015

USD/CAD December 28 at 12:15 GMT

USD/CAD 1.3887 H: 1.3887 L: 1.3826

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.3640 1.3757 1.3865 1.40 1.4165 1.4310
  • USD/CAD was flat in the Asian session and has posted gains in European trade.
  • 1.3865 has switched to a support role as the pair has moved higher. It is a weak line.
  • There is resistance at the round number of 1.40.
  • Current range: 1.3865 to 1.40

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3865, 1.3757, 1.364o and 1,3555
  • Above: 1.40, 1.4165 and 1.4310

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

USD/CAD ratio is showing short positions with a commanding majority (64%), indicative of trader bias towards USD/CAD moving lower.

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Kenny Fisher joined OANDA in 2012 as a Currency Analyst. Kenny writes a daily column about current economic and political developments affecting the major currency pairs, with a focus on fundamental analysis. Kenny began his career in forex at Bendix Foreign Exchange in Toronto, where he worked as a Corporate Account Manager for over seven years.