USD/CAD has moved lower in Thursday trading. The pair was trading close to the 1.03 line in the North American session. US numbers were dismal on Thursday, as Unemployment Claims shot higher and was way above the estimate. US Preliminary GDP posted a gain of 2.4%, short of the estimate of a 2.5% gain. US Pending Home Sales fared no better, falling well below expectations. The Canadian dollar also got some help from Current Account, which posted a smaller deficit.
The Canadian dollar has taken advantage of weak numbers out of the US earlier today. Unemployment Claims, which often moves the markets, disappointed this week. The key indicator jumped from 340 thousand to 354 thousand. This was well above the estimate of 342 thousand. Preliminary GDP rebounded nicely, climbing from 0.1% to 2.4%. However, this missed the estimate of 2.5%. Pending Home Sales was dismal, posting a weak gain of 0.3%, way off the estimate of 1.3%. The weak numbers will raise questions about the US recovery, and could hurt the US dollar. In Canada, the loonie got a boost from Current Account, which narrowed to $14.1 billion, beating the estimate of $15.3 billion. RMPI was not as sharp, declining 2.2%. The estimate stood at -0.7%.
On Wednesday, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney presided over his final policy meeting. Carney, who has headed the central bank since 2007, will take the reins of the Bank of England next month, and will be replaced at the BOC by Stephen Poloz. There were no farewell surprises from Carney, who kept interest rates pegged at 1.00%. In its rate statement, the BOC stated that the “continued slack” in the Canadian economy as well as a weak inflation outlook justified maintaining rates at their present levels.
In the US, the Federal Reserve hasn’t made any changes to the current round of quantitative easing, which stands at $85 billion in asset purchases each month. Fed policymakers, including Fed Chair Bernanke, have not been shy about dropping clues that QE could be altered or even terminated in the next few months. The currency markets have reacted sharply to such talk, and much of the volatility we are seeing in the currency markets is a reflection of market uncertainty as to what the Fed plans to do. Talk of an end to QE has given a boost to the dollar, and we can expect the currency markets to continue to be very sensitive to further talk of tapering QE.
USD/CAD for Thursday, May 30, 2013
USD/CAD 1.0310 H: 1.0389 L: 1.0309
USD/CAD has moved lower in Thursday trading. The pair faces resistance at 1.0337. This is a weak line, and could be tested if the US shows any sign of recovery. This is followed by resistance at 1.0442. On the downside, 1.0282 is providing support. The next support level is 1.0229.
- Current range: 1.0282 to 1.0337
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.0282, 1.0229, 1.0157, 1.01 and 1.0041
- Above: 1.0337, 1.0442, 1.0502, 1.0658 and 1.0758
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
USD/CAD ratio has shifted directions, and is currently pointing to movement towards long positions. This is not reflected in the current movement of the pair, as the Canadian dollar has posted strong gains. The ratio continues to have a majority of short positions, indicating a bias towards the Canadian dollar continuing to post gains against the US currency.
After a quiet start to the week, USD/ CAD continues to show volatility, as the Canadian dollar has strengthened after some disappointing key US releases on Thursday. The pair could show more movement on Friday, as Canada releases GDP and the US releases a host of events.
- 12:30 Canadian Current Account. Estimate -15.3B. Actual- 14.1B.
- 12:30 Canadian RMPI. Estimate -0.7%. Actual -2.2%.
- 12:30 Canadian IPPI. Estimate 0.1%. Actual -0.8%.
- 12:30 US Preliminary GDP. Estimate 2.5%. Actual 2.5%.
- 12:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 342K. Actual 354K.
- 12:30 US Preliminary GDP Price Index. Estimate 1.2%. Actual 1.1%.
- 14:00 US Pending Home Sales. Estimate 1.3%. Actual 0.3%.
- 14:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 85B. Actual 88B.
- 15:00 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -0.8M. Actual 3.0M.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT
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