The Canadian dollar is steady in Tuesday trade. Early in the North American session, USD/CAD is trading in the high-1.10 range. In economic news, US manufacturing numbers continued to disappoint, as Factory Orders slid to a five-month low. There are no Canadian releases on Tuesday.
US Factory Orders did not impress in January. The important manufacturing release posted a decline of 1.5%, compared to a gain of 1.8% a month earlier. The indicator did beat the estimate of -1.9%, but US manufacturing numbers continue to raise concerns. On Monday, ISM Manufacturing PMI dropped sharply, posting a ten-month low.
The Canadian dollar is happy to say goodbye to the month of January, as the currency tumbled almost five cents against the US dollar. The month ended with a disappointing GDP release, with a gain of just 0.2%. February has started off well, as the loonie moved higher on Monday, thanks to some solid inflation numbers. The Raw Materials Price Index bounced back from a sharp decline in December, posting a respectable gain of 1.7% in January. This was slightly short of the estimate of 1.9%. The Industrial Product Price Index followed suit with a 0.7% gain, marking a ten-month high. The strong readings are welcome news, as inflation has been at persistently low levels, indicating an underperforming economy.
In a highly anticipated decision, the US Federal Reserve pressed the taper trigger for a second month in a row last week . This reduces its stimulus program (QE) by another $10 billion, lowering the bond-buying scheme to $65 billion each month. Fed chair Bernard Bernanke has indicated that the Fed plans to wind up QE by the end of the year, so we can expect further tapers, barring any surprise downturns in the US economy. Wednesday’s policy statement was Bernanke’s swan song, as Janet Yellen took over the reins as Fed chair on February 1.
USD/CAD for Tuesday, February 4, 2014
USD/CAD February 4 at 15:45 GMT
USD/CAD 1.1087 H: 1.1123 L: 1.1062
- USD/CAD is steady in Tuesday trading. The pair rose to a high of 1.1123 early in the European session but has since retracted below the 1.11 line.
- 1.1000, a key psychological level, is providing support. This is followed by a support line at 1.0906, which is protecting the 1.09 line.
- On the upside, 1.1094 is under strong pressure and could see further action during the day. This is followed by resistance at 1.1177.
- Current range: 1.1094 to 1.1177
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.1000, 1.0906, 1.0852 and 1.0783
- Above: 1.1094, 1.1177, 1.1319, 1.1496 and 1.1610
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
USD/CAD ratio is pointing to gains in long positions in Tuesday trading continuing the trend we saw at the start of the week. This is not consistent with what we are seeing from the pair, as the Canadian dollar has posted slight gains against the US currency. The ratio continues to be made up of a majority of short positions, indicating a trader bias towards the Canadian dollar continuing to move upwards.
USD/CAD has steadied but remains at high levels. Early in the North American session, we are seeing little activity from the pair.
- 15:00 US Factory Orders. Estimate -1.9%. Actual -1.5%.
- 15:00 US IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism. Estimate 46.1 points. Actual 44.9 points.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT
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