USD/CAD is almost unchanged in the Monday session. Currently, the pair is trading slightly above the 1.31 line. On the release front, there are no Canadian releases. On the economic front, US Core Durable Goods Orders declined 0.2%, short of the estimate of +0.5%. However, Durable Goods Orders jumped 1.8%, beating the forecast of 1.6%. Later in the day, the US releases Pending Home Sales. On Tuesday, the US publishes Preliminary GDP and CB Consumer Confidence. As well, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress.
Canadian inflation levels jumped in January, led by CPI, which climbed 0.9%, well above the forecast of 0.3%. Higher gasoline prices and stronger crude prices boosted inflation. Still, the unexpected rise in inflation is unlikely to sway any opinions at the Bank of Canada, which is expected to hold rates at 0.50% at its policy meeting on Wednesday. Last year, the BoC adopted three new indicators to measure inflation, and these averaged 1.6% in January, below the central bank’s inflation target of 2.0%. On Tuesday, Canada releases RMPI, which gauges inflation in the manufacturing sector.
US data was soft on Friday. Revised UoM Consumer Sentiment dropped to 96.3 in February, compared to 98.5 a month earlier. Still, this figure edged above the forecast of 96.1. On the housing sector, New Home Sales improved to 555 thousand in January, but this was well short of the forecast of 575 thousand. This follows Existing Home Sales, which jumped to 5.69 million, above the estimate of 5.55 million. On Monday, we’ll get a look at Pending Home Sales, which is expected to dip to 1.1%.
President Trump’s administration has had a rough first month, beset by constant friction with the media and trouble filling in key cabinet positions. Trump will address Congress on Tuesday and the nation will be listening closely. Will we see the combative, outspoken Trump, or will he opt for a more conciliatory approach? In order to pass key legislation, Trump will have to make nice with lawmakers from both sides of the fence, and this speech would be an ideal time to offer a hand of cooperation rather than combat. The markets will be looking for some details about the administration’s economic plan – if this is lacking, market sentiment could sour, dragging down the US dollar.
Monday (February 27)
- 8:30 US Core Durable Goods Orders. Estimate +0.5%. Actual -0.2%
- 8:30 US Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 1.6%. Actual 1.8%
- 10:00 US Pending Home Sales. Estimate 1.1%
- 11:00 US FOMC Member Robert Kaplan Speech
Tuesday (February 28)
- 8:30 Canadian RPMI
- 8:30 US Preliminary GDP. Estimate 2.1%
- 10:00 US CB Consumer Confidence. Estimate 111.1
*All release times are GMT
*Key events are in bold
USD/CAD for Monday, February 27, 2017
USD/CAD February 27 at 8:50 EST
Open: 1.3119 High: 1.3123 Low: 1.3092 Close: 1.3113
- USD/CAD edged lower in the Asian session and has recovered in European trade
- 1.3003 is providing support
- 1.3120 remains a weak resistance line
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.3003, 1.2922 and 1.2815
- Above: 1.3120, 1.3253, 1.3371 and 1.3461
- Current range: 1.3003 to 1.3120
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
USD/CAD ratio showing little movement in the Monday session. Currently, long positions have a majority (60%), indicative of trader bias towards USD/CAD breaking out and moving upwards.
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