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USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Improves As US Employment Data Falters

The Canadian dollar continues it upward rally and has posted modest gains in Tuesday trading. USD/CAD is trading in the mid-1.03 range early in the North American session. Today’s highlight out of the US, JOLTS Job Openings, posted a six-month low. Canada’s only release on Tuesday as Housing Starts, which fell short of the estimate.

US employment data continues to falter. JOLTS Jobs Openings dropped from 3.94M in July to 3.69M in August. This was way off the estimate of 3.96M, and was the weakest showing since March. North of the border, Canadian Housing Starts, a minor release, fell below the estimate for the first time since February. The indicator dropped from 193 thousand in July to 180 thousand in August, well off the estimate of 190 thousand. The Canadian dollar continues to improve, and has gained two cents since the beginning of September.

US releases ended last week on a disappointing note, as the all-important Non-Farm Payrolls came in at 169 thousand, missing the estimate of 178 thousand. The Unemployment Rate dropped from 7.4% to 7.3%, but this improvement is not all that significant, given the low participation rate in the labor force. The Fed continues to keep its cards away from prying market eyes and hasn’t let on when it might start to reduce QE. There’s a strong chance that we will see tapering begin before the end of the year, but this will require stronger employment numbers than what we are currently seeing.

Meanwhile, tensions over Syria continue. A US military strike is likely, but the diplomatic activity continues in an attempt to end the crisis without a US attack. The story is expected to unfold as early as this week, as Congress gears up for a vote on whether to approve military action against Syria. We can expect some volatility in the markets as the crisis continues.


USD/CAD for Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Forex Rate Graph 21/1/13
USD/CAD September 10 at 14:00 GMT

USD/CAD 1.0355 H: 1.0380 L: 1.0331


USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.0224 1.0282 1.0337 1.0442 1.0502 1.0573



Further levels in both directions:


OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

USD/CAD ratio is pointing to movement towards short positions. This is not reflected in the current movement of the pair, as the Canadian dollar continues to improve. The ratio is made up of a solid majority of short positions, indicating a strong trader bias towards the Canadian dollar continuing to posting gains against the US currency.

USD/CAD is trading in the mid-1.03 range, its lowest level since mid-August. The pair hasn’t shown much reaction to weak releases out of the US and Canada, so the pair could have an uneventful North American session.


USD/CAD Fundamentals


*Key releases are highlighted in bold

*All release times are GMT


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Kenny Fisher

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A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including Investing.com, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
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