USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Improves as GDP Matches Forecast

USD/CAD has posted slight gains on Tuesday. In the North American session, the pair is trading at 1.3390. Taking a look at today’s releases, Canada’s GDP rose 0.2%, matching the forecast. In the US, ISM Manufacturing rose slightly to 51.9 points, edging above the forecast of 51.8 points. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve concludes its monthly policy meeting and will set the benchmark interest rate.

The Canadian dollar has been in down-mode lately, failing to post a single winning (daily) session in almost two weeks. That could change on Tuesday, as the currency has improved after Canadian GDP matched expectations. The 0.2% gain in August was considerably softer than the 0.5% gain in July, but the markets appear relieved that the economy continues to expand. The Bank of Canada held interest rates at 0.50% in October, but remains cautious and downgraded its economic forecast. Canada will release Employment Change on Friday, and the markets are braced for a decline of 10.0 thousand. If the market forecast is accurate, the Canadian dollar could resume its downward spiral.

In the US, there was positive news from the consumer front on Monday, as Personal Spending rebounded with a 0.5% gain in September, after a flat reading of 0.0% in August. Gold responded to the reading with slight losses. This release comes on the heels of a disappointing consumer spending report on Friday, as UoM Consumer Sentiment fell to 87.2 points in October, below expectations and dropping to its lowest level since August 2015.  The Fed will also hold a policy meeting on Wednesday, but the markets aren’t expecting a rate move so close to the US presidential election. The rate statement will be carefully monitored, as analysts comb for hints about the extent of support among FOMC members ahead of the crucial December meeting.

USD/CAD Fundamentals

Tuesday (November 1)

  • 8:30 Canadian GDP. Estimate 0.2%. Actual 0.2%
  • 9:45 US Final Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 53.3
  • 10:00 US ISM Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 51.8
  • 10:00 US Construction Spending. Estimate 0.5%
  • 10:00 US IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism. Estimate 48.7
  • 10:00 US ISM Manufacturing Prices. Estimate 54.0
  • All Day – US Total Vehicle Sales

*All release times are EDT

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Tuesday, November 1, 2016

USD/CAD November 1 at 9:55 GMT

Open: 1.3419 High: 1.3426 Low: 1.3351 Close: 1.3390

 

USD/CAD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.3120 1.3253 1.3371 1.3457 1.3551 1.3648
  • USD/CAD was flat in the Asian session. The pair lost ground in the European session but is choppy in North American trade
  • 1.3371 is fluid. Currently, this line is providing weak support
  • There is resistance at 1.3457

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3371, 1.3253, 1.3120 and 1.3028
  • Above: 1.3457, 1.3551 and 1.3648
  • Current range: 1.3371 to 1.3457

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

USD/CAD ratio is unchanged in the Tuesday session. Currently, short positions command a strong majority (67%), indicative of trader bias towards USD/CAD continuing to move to lower ground.

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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.