USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Slips After Weak Wholesales Sales, BoC Rate Decision Looms

The Canadian dollar is unchanged in the Tuesday session. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.2655, up 0.06% on the day. On the release front, there are no Canadian events. The US will release the Richmond Manufacturing Index, which is expected to edge lower to 17 points. On Wednesday, the Bank of Canada will set the benchmark rate. The US will release Core Durable Goods Orders and New Home Sales.

The Canadian dollar continues to struggle. The currency lost 1.3% last week against the greenback, and is currently at its lowest level since mid-August.  There was no relief from Canadian data on Monday, as Wholesale Sales slowed to 0.5% in August, well off the forecast of 1.1%. Investors are keeping a close eye on the BoC, which will release a rate statement and its quarterly monetary policy report.

Canadian numbers disappointed on Friday, weighing on the Canadian dollar. Core Retail Sales slumped with a decline of 0.7% in August. This marked the indicator’s steepest decline since June 2016. Inflation remains weak, as CPI inched up to 0.2%, shy of the estimate of 0.3%. These numbers have bolstered the likelihood that the Bank of Canada will keep interest rates steady at 1.00%.  The Bank surprised the markets with a 25-basis point hike in September, in response to a Canadian economy that performed will in the first half of the year. This helped push the Canadian dollar higher, but the currency has since given up these gains.

Will Janet Yellen bid adieu to the Federal Reserve? Yellen’s 3-year term concludes in February 2018, and President Trump has said he will nominate a new Fed in the next few days. The front runners are economist John Taylor and Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell. Taylor advocates a rule in which rates which be as high as 3 percent, given current economic conditions. Powell is more closely aligned to Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s monetary stance which advocates an incremental increase in rates. With the two candidates representing sharply differing views on interest rate levels, Trump’s choice for the new Fed chair could have a significant effect on monetary policy and the strength of the US dollar.

 

USD/CAD Fundamentals

Tuesday (October 24)

  • 9:45 US Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 53.3
  • 9:45 US Flash Services PMI.  Estimate 55.2
  • 10:00 US Richmond Manufacturing Index. Estimate 17

Wednesday (October 25)

  • 8:30 US Core Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 0.5%
  • 10:00 BoC Monetary Policy Report
  • 10:00 BoC Rate Statement
  • 10:00 BoC Overnight Rate. Estimate 1.00%
  • 10:00 US New Home Sales. Estimate 556K
  • 11:15 BoC Press Conference

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

 

USD/CAD for Tuesday, October 24, 2017

USD/CAD Tuesday, October 24 at 7:45 EDT

Open: 1.2647 High: 1.2670 Low: 1.2622 Close: 1.2655

 

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2302 1.2459 1.2598 1.2701 1.2778 1.2943

USD/CAD edged lower in the Asian session but has recovered in European trade

  • 1.2598 is providing support
  • 1.2701 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.2598 to 1.2701

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2598, 1.2459, 1.2302 and 1.2218
  • Above: 1.2701, 1.2778 and 1.2943

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

USD/CAD ratio is showing slight movement towards short positions in the Tuesday session. Currently, long positions have a majority (57%), indicative of trader bias towards USD/CAD breaking out and moving to higher 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.