USD/CAD – Lack of Fundamentals Leave Canadian Dollar Unchanged

USD/CAD is almost unchanged in the Monday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.3350. On the release front, it’s a quiet start to the week, with no economic indicators in Canada or the US. On Tuesday, the US releases CB Consumer Confidence.

The US dollar enjoyed an impressive run after Donald Trump’s election last November. However, the euphoria over President Trump’s upset election win is long past. The inquiry into the Trump administration’s links with Russia continues to make headlines, and is another cause for concern for nervous investors. Trump has been in office for over two months, but he has yet to provide any details over even an outline of economic policy. Last week, Trump’s proposed bill to change Obamacare was not even voted on, as the White House could not garner enough support to pass the bill. This debacle will only increase market uneasiness over Trump and could send the Canadian dollar lower if investors continue to lose their appetite for risk.

The Canadian dollar is sensitive to movement in oil prices, so lower crude prices could weigh on the currency. West Texas crude has dropped 1.0% in March, and dipped to $47.05 last week, its lowest level since the end of November. Crude headed lower after Crude Oil Inventories posted a strong surplus of 5.0 million barrels, crushing the estimate of 1.9 million. The weekly indicator has recorded only two declines in 2017, as US oil drillers continue to enter the market and ratchet up US oil production. This, together with increased US shale production, has more than offset OPEC’s production cuts. Last week, OPEC announced it was considering extending the production cut agreement by another 6 months, until the end of 2017, but it’s doubtful that such a move will prop up oil prices.

USD/CAD Fundamentals

Monday (March 27)

  • 17:15 US FOMC Member Charles Evans Speech
  • 22:30 US FOMC Robert Kaplan Speech

Tuesday (March 28)

  • 14:00 US CB Consumer Confidence. Estimate 113.9

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Monday, March 27, 2017

USD/CAD March 27 at 8:15 EST

Open: 1.3330 High: 1.3356 Low: 1.3318 Close: 1.3346

USD/CAD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.3006 1.3120 1.3253 1.3371 1.3461 1.3551
  • USD/CAD inched lower in the Asian session but has edged higher in European trade
  • 1.3253 is providing support
  • 1.3371 is a weak resistance line

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3253, 1.3120 and 1.3006
  • Above: 1.3371, 1.3461, 1.3551 and 1.3672
  • Current range: 1.3253 to 1.3371

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

USD/CAD ratio is unchanged in the Monday session. Currently, short positions have a majority (59%), indicative of trader bias towards USD/CAD continuing to move upwards.

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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.