The Canadian dollar is showing little movement on Thursday, as USD/CAD trades slightly under the 1.14 line. On the release front, Canadian Ivey PMI climbed to 56.9 points, well above expectations. In the US, Unemployment Claims improved to 297 thousand.
There was good news on the US employment front, as jobless claims improved to 297 thousand, practically matching the forecast. We’ll get a look at the official Nonfarm Employment Change report on Friday, with the markets expecting a strong reading of 231 thousand. If the indicator meets expectations, the US dollar could take advantage and post gains.
As was widely expected, the Bank of Canada held the benchmark interest rate at an even 1.00%, where it has been pegged since September 2010. In a rate statement, the BOC said that while lower oil prices are a serious concern, the economy is in good shape and is showing signs of a broad recovery. The BOC statement gave a boost to the Canadian dollar, which has struggled to stay below the 1.14 line. The Canadian economy has showed signs of improvement, as underscored by the September GDP reading, which came in at 0.4%, marking a four-month high.
USD/CAD for Thursday, December 4, 2014
USD/CAD December 4 at 15:35 GMT
USD/CAD 1.1397 H: 1.1340 L: 1.1386
- USD/CAD has been uneventful during the day. The pair climbed to a high of 1.1397 early in the North American session, but has since edged lower.
- 1.1278 continues to provide strong support.
- On the upside, 1.1414 is once again under pressure. 1.1493 is stronger.
- Current range: 1.1278 to 1.1414
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.1278, 1.1124, 1.1004, 1.0961 and 1.0886
- Above: 1.1414, 1.1493, 1.1669 and 1.1723
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
USD/CAD ratio is evenly split between long and short positions, indicative of a lack of trader bias as to what direction the pair will take next.
- 00:30 US FOMC Member Richard Fisher Speaks.
- 12:30 US Challenger Job Cuts.
- 13:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 296K. Actual 297K.
- 13:30 US FOMC Member Loretta Mester Speaks.
- 15:00 Canadian Ivey PMI. Estimate 52.7 points. Actual 56.9 points.
- 15:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate -51B. Actual -22B.
- 17:30 US FOMC Member Lael Brainard Speaks.
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