USD/CAD has edged lower in Monday trading. The pair dipped below the 1.03 level in the North American session, as the loonie took advantage of a solid Canadian GDP release. In other economic events, Canadian inflation releases were well short of their estimates. In the US, today’s sole release, Chicago PMI looked strong, posting a four-month high. The spotlight remains on Congress, as the deadlock over the budget threatens to close down the US government on Tuesday.
Canadian GDP, released every month, looked sharp in August. The key indicator posted a healthy 0.6% gain, bouncing back from a disappointing decline of -0.5% in July. The strong gain matched the forecast, and has given the Canadian dollar a slight lift in Monday trading. Canada also released inflation data on Monday and the numbers indicate that inflation remains subdued. Raw Materials Price Index posted a gain of 0.9%, well off the estimate of 3.2%. The Industrial Product Price Index followed suit, posting a modest gain of 0.2%. The estimate stood at 0.9%.
All eyes are glued on Washington, as the US government will find itself without funds to operate if Congress fails to break the budget impasse on September 30, the last day of the current financial year. If that happens, non-essential government services would be forced to shut down. This last happened in 1996, and politicians on both sides of the divide will be trying to hammer out an agreement so that the government can keep operating. Both sides seem entrenched in their positions. Republicans want to defund Obamacare before they approve a budget, and the Democrats are determined to protect their health care bill. This crisis, which would likely affect the currency markets, could be a dress rehearsal for a much more serious crisis, which will occur in two weeks if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling.
USD/CAD for Monday, September 30, 2013
USD/CAD 1.0288 H: 1.0313 L: 1.0277
- USD/CAD has posted modest losses in Monday trading. The pair dropped below the 1.03 line in the North American session.
- The pair continues to face resistance at 1.0337. This is followed by a strong resistance line at 1.0442.
- The pair is testing support at 1.0282. This line could fall if the Canadian dollar continues to improve. This is followed by a stronger support line at 1.0224.
- Current range: 1.0282 to 1.0337
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.0282, 1.0224, 1.0158 and 1.0068
- Above 1.0337, 1.0442, 1.0502, 1.0573, 1.0652 and 1.0758
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
USD/CAD ratio is pointing to movement in the direction of short positions in Monday trading. This is reflected in the current movement of the pair, as the Canadian dollar has posted modest gains against its US counterpart. The ratio is made up of a majority of long positions, indicative of a trader bias towards the US dollar reversing direction and moving higher.
The Canadian dollar has pushed below the 1.03 line and is pressuring the US dollar. We could see continued movement from the pair during the day if the US budget crisis is not resolved.
- 12:30 Canadian GDP. Estimate 0.6%. Actual 0.6%.
- 12:30 Canadian Raw Materials Price Index. Estimate 3.2%. Actual 0.9%.
- 12:30 Canadian Industrial Product Price Index. Estimate 0.9%. Actual 0.2%.
- 13:45 US Chicago PMI. Estimate 54.5 points. Actual 55.7 points.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT
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