The Canadian dollar continues to struggle, as the pair briefly rose above the 1.33 line on Thursday. In the North American session, USD/CAD is trading at 1.3250. On the release front, Canadian NHPI, an important housing report, dipped to 0.2%, shy of the forecast of 0.3%. In the US, unemployment claims had another excellent outing, dropping to 246 thousand. On Friday, we could see some movement on the currency markets, as the US releases inflation, retail sales and consumer confidence numbers.
US unemployment claims continue to sparkle, pointing to red-hot US labor market. The key indicator dropped to 246 thousand last week, down slightly from 249 thousand a week earlier. The estimate stood at 252 thousand, marking a tenth consecutive week that the indicator has beaten the forecast. Strong job numbers is one of the main arguments of proponents of a rate hike in December, as the labor market, which is close to capacity, continues to fuel steady economic growth.
On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve released the minutes of its last policy meeting. The minutes contained no dramatic news, but point to deep divisions in the FOMC over monetary policy. This was already apparent in the September rate vote, when three members voted against the decision to maintain rates at 0.25 percent. The minutes indicated that some of the members who voted to hold rates chose to fall in line with Janet Yellen, but are in favor of raising rates “relatively soon”. This means that Yellen will face a tough battle if she wants to hold off a rate in December, given that there is significant support for rate hike in December. The markets have priced in a December hike at 66 percent and the positive sentiment could help the US dollar continue to move higher. The Fed will next meet in November, but analysts don’t expect a move just a week before the presidential election.
Thursday (October 13)
- 8:30 Canadian NHPI. Estimate 0.3%. Actual 0.2%
- 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 252K. Actual 246K
- 8:30 US Import Prices. Estimate 0.1%. Actual 0.1%
- 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 84B
- 11:00 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 0.4M
- 13:01 US 30-year Bond Auction
Friday (October 14)
- 8:30 US Core Retail Sales. Estimate 0.4%
- 8:30 US PPI. Estimate 0.2%
- 8:30 US Retail Sales. Estimate 0.6%
- 10:00 US Preliminary UoM Consumer Sentiment. Estimate 92.1
- 13:30 US Federal Chair Janet Yellen Speaks
*All release times are EDT
*Key events are in bold
USD/CAD for Thursday, October 13, 2016
USD/CAD October 13 at 9:45 GMT
Open: 1.3277 High: 1.3307 Low: 1.3235 Close: 1.3250
- USD/CAD was flat in the Asian session and then losses in European trade. The pair is steady in North American trade
- 1.3120 is providing strong support
- 1.3253 is fluid and currently a weak resistance line. It could break in North American trade
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.3120, 1.3028 and 1.2922
- Above: 1.3253, 1.3371, 1.3457 and 1.3551
- Current range: 1.3120 to 1.3253
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
USD/CAD ratio is showing short positions with a strong majority (60%), indicative of trader bias towards USD/CAD reversing directions and moving lower.