Canadian Manufacturing Slowed Down in June

The pace of growth in the Canadian manufacturing sector cooled in June to a four-month low as job creation slowed and companies saw fewer orders for new work, data showed on Tuesday.

The Markit Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ index (PMI), a measure of manufacturing business conditions, declined to a seasonally adjusted 54.7 last month from 55.1 in May. A reading above 50 shows growth in the sector.
The gauge of new orders slipped to 55.1 from 55.7, its lowest level since January as firms saw less demand from markets at home.

usdcad Canadian dollar graph, July 4, 2017

But export orders edged up to 53.4 from 53.3, the strongest level since November 2014 on greater demand from clients in the United States.

While the figures suggest the recovery in the manufacturing sector has started to lose momentum, firms are still relatively upbeat about the outlook for the next 12 months, said Tim Moore, senior economist at survey compilers IHS Markit.

The Canadian economy is showing strong growth two years after it was hit by the drop in oil prices and the central bank has begun setting the stage for interest rate hikes that could come as soon as July 12.

via BNN

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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