USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Improves as Greenback Struggles

USD/CAD has posted strong gains on Wednesday. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.2333, down 0.71% on the day. On the release front, there are no Canadian events. In the US, today’s key event is Existing Home Sales, which is expected to dip to 5.72 million. On Thursday, Canada releases retail sales reports. The US will publish unemployment claims and New Home Sales.

Will NAFTA survive? The free trade agreement is critical for the Canadian economy, so threats by US President Trump to blow up the agreement are causing genuine concern for the Bank of Canada. Negotiations between Canada, Mexico and the US have not yielded much progress, and a sixth round of negotiations start on Tuesday. Trump has repeatedly said he is unhappy with the deal, and an advisory council to Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland sounded pessimistic about a new trilateral deal being reached. Still, Trump is unpredictable, and there are also many US companies that benefit from the current deal and are opposed to the US pulling the plug. If NAFTA is terminated, it’s likely the Canadian dollar will take a tumble.

The US government shutdown made the headlines for several days, but turned out to be little more than a nuisance, as the shutdown affected only one working day. On Monday, the Senate voted 266-150 to extend government funding until February 8. This stopgap measure will enable the government to provide services during that time, but the lawmakers will need to hammer out a longer-term agreement, as these short extensions are just band aid solutions. The Democrats held up a funding bill last week, in order to force the Republicans to the table over illegal immigration. The Republicans have promised to hold a vote on this issue, but many Democratic lawmakers remain skeptical that President Trump and the Republicans will deal in good faith over immigration.

Dollars Decline Deepens as Equities Pull Back

Wednesday (January 24)

  • 9:00 US HPI. Estimate 0.4%
  • 9:45 US Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 55.2
  • 9:45 US Flash Services PMI. Estimate 54.5
  • 10:00 US Existing Home Sales. Estimate 5.72M
  • 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -1.0M

Thursday (January 25)

  • 8:30 Canadian Core Retail Sales. Estimate 0.9%
  • 8:30 Canadian Retail Sales. Estimate 0.9%
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 236K
  • 10:00 US New Home Sales. Estimate 676K

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Wednesday, January 24, 2018

USD/CAD, January 24 at 8:10 EDT

Open: 1.2420 High: 1.2428 Low: 1.2322 Close: 1.2331

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.1903 1.2060 1.2190 1.2351 1.2494 1.2630

USD/CAD edged lower in the Asian session and continues to lose ground in European trade

  • 1.2190 is providing support
  • 1.2351 has switched to a resistance role following losses by the pair
  • Current range: 1.2190 to 1.2351

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2190, 1.2060 and 1.1903
  • Above: 1.2351, 1.2494, 1.2630, and 1.2757

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

USD/CAD ratio is showing little movement this week. Currently, long positions have a majority (60%), indicative of trader bias towards USD/CAD reversing directions and moving to higher ground.

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Kenny Fisher joined OANDA in 2012 as a Currency Analyst. Kenny writes a daily column about current economic and political developments affecting the major currency pairs, with a focus on fundamental analysis. Kenny began his career in forex at Bendix Foreign Exchange in Toronto, where he worked as a Corporate Account Manager for over seven years.