The Canadian dollar is unchanged on Wednesday, as USD/CAD trades quietly in the mid-1.16 range. The markets are keeping a close eye on the Federal Reserve, which will release a policy statement later in the day. On the release front, data on both sides of the border was a disappointment. Canadian Wholesale Sales posted a weak gain of 0.1%, well off expectations. In the US, CPI disappointed, posting a decline of 0.3%. Core CPI posted a small gain of 0.1%.
Canadian Wholesales Sales was unexpectedly weak in October, as the key indicator slipped to 0.1%, compared to a strong gain of 1.8% a month earlier. The estimate stood at 0.9%. On Tuesday, Canadian Manufacturing Sales declined by 0.6%, compared to a gain of 2.1% in the previous release. Despite these poor key releases, the Canadian dollar has managed to hold its own against its US counterpart.
Over in the US, inflation indicators continue to look very weak. CPI, the primary gauge of consumer inflation, dropped 0.3%, below the estimate of -0.1%. This was the indicator’s weakest reading in over a year. Core CPI posted a weak gain of 0.1%, matching the forecast. The Federal Reserve will be in the spotlight on Wednesday, as the FOMC issues its monthly policy statement. With the US economy continuing to grow, the markets are confident that the Fed will take action and raise interest rates in the first half of 2015. One key question is whether the Fed will adjust its forward guidance; that is, will the Fed make use of policy statements to provide the markets with more information about its projections regarding interest rate policy. If this does occur, there will be less uncertainty about the Fed’s monetary policy and this could boost the US dollar against its major rivals.
USD/CAD for Wednesday, December 17, 2014
USD/CAD December 17 at 15:00 GMT
USD/CAD 1.1642 H: 1.1660 L: 1.1623
- USD/CAD edged lower in the Asian session. The pair gave up these gains in the European session, and is steady in North American trade.
- 1.1493 continues to provide strong support.
- On the upside, 1.1669 remains under strong pressure. Will the pair break through this line? 1.1723 is next.
- Current range: 1.1493 to 1.1669
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.1493, 1.1414, 1.1278, 1.1124 and 1.1004
- Above: 1.1669, 1.1723, 1.1875 and 1.1975
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
USD/CAD ratio is pointing to gains in long positions on Wednesday, reversing the direction seen a day earlier. This is not consistent with the movement of the pair, as the Canadian dollar is unchanged on the day. The ratio has a majority of short positions, indicative of trader bias towards USD/CAD moving to lower ground.
- 13:30 Canadian Wholesale Sales. Estimate 0.9%. Actual 0.1%.
- 13:30 US CPI. Estimate -0.1%. Actual -0.3%.
- 13:30 US Core CPI. Estimate 0.1%. Actual 0.1%.
- 13:30 US Current Account. Estimate -98B. Actual 100B.
- 15:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -2.6M.
- 19:00 US FOMC Economic Projections.
- 19:00 US FOMC Statement.
- 19:00 US Federal Funds Rate. Estimate <0.25%.
- 19:30 US FOMC Press Conference.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT