USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Jumps as Trade Balance Beats Expectations

The Canadian dollar continues to show strong movement this week, posting strong gains on Thursday. USD/CAD is trading in the mid-1.24 range in the North American session. On the release front, Canadian Trade Balance remained steady at C$-0.6 billion. In the US, key data was a mix on Thursday. Unemployment Claims rose last week to 278 thousand but beat the estimate. Trade Balance missed expectations, coming in at $-46.6 billion.

The Canadian dollar has had a busy week and has gained about 140 points on Thursday. The currency reacted positively to a solid Trade Balance report, as the trade deficit remained unchanged at C$-0.6 billion. The markets had expected a much larger deficit of C$-1.2 billion. The loonie has recovered from Wednesday’s losses, which followed a dismal Ivey PMI. The index dropped to 45.4 points, pointing to contraction for the first time in seven months. The markets had expected a solid reading of 53.8 points.

In the US, Unemployment Claims rose to 278 thousand, up from 265 thousand in the previous release. Still, the reading beat the forecast of 287 thousand. On Wednesday, ADP Nonfarm Employment Change was well off expectations, falling to 213 thousand. The estimate stood at 224 thousand. We could see some stronger movement in gold prices on Friday, with the release of Nonfarm Employment Claims and the Unemployment Rate. Meanwhile, the trade deficit ballooned to $46.6 billion, compared to $39.0 billion a month earlier. This marked the largest trade deficit since May.

USD/CAD for Thursday, February 5, 2015

USD/CAD February 5 at 16:00 GMT

USD/CAD 1.2439 H: 1.2586 L: 1.2409


USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2190 1.2261 1.2387 1.2469 1.2543 1.2680


  • USD/CAD was uneventful in the Asian and European sessions. The pair has posted sharp losses in the North American session, breaking below support levels at 1.2543 and 1.2469.
  • 1.2469 continues to see action. The pair has reverted to a resistance role as the pair has dropped sharply. 1.2543 is stronger.
  • 1.2387 is an immediate support level.
  • Current range: 1.2387 to 1.2469

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2387, 1.2261, 1.2190, 1.2096 and 1.1975
  • Above: 1.2469, 1.2543, 1.2680, 1.2761, 1.2950 and 1.3063


OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

USD/CAD ratio is close to a split between long and short positions, indicative of a lack of trader bias as to what direction the pair will take next.

USD/CAD Fundamentals

  • 13:30 Canadian Trade Balance.  Estimate -1.2B. Actual -0.6B.
  • 12:30 US Challenger Job Cuts. Actual 17.6%.
  • 13:30 US Trade Balance. Estimate -38.2B. Actual -46.6B.
  • 13:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 287K. Actual 278K.
  • 13:30 US Preliminary Nonfarm Productivity. Estimate 0.3%. Actual -1.8%.
  • 13:30 US Preliminary Unit Labor Costs. Estimate 1.3%. Actual 2.7%.
  • 15:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate -119B. Actual -115B.

*Key releases are highlighted in bold

*All release times are GMT

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
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, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
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