USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Under Pressure, Investors Eye BoC Governor Testimony

The Canadian dollar is steady in the Monday session, after posting losing sessions for three straight days. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.2796, up 0.23% on the day. The Canadian dollar remains under pressure and has dropped to a 2-week low. On the release front, Canada releases Wholesale Sales, which is expected to improve to 0.3%. As well, BoC Governor Stephen Poloz testifies before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. In the US, Existing Homes is expected to inch up to 5.55 million. On Tuesday, the US publishes CB Consumer Confidence.

Negotiating teams from Canada, the US and Mexico met on the weekend as they continue to try and hammer out a new NAFTA deal. The sides continue to show cautious optimism, but all agree that significant work remains. A final agreement is unlikely before May, and with elections in Mexico in early July, Mexican politicians will not want to have to deal with such a critical agreement in the middle of an election campaign. The parties may choose to announce a draft agreement in May and present the finalized deal later in the year.

The Bank of Canada maintained the benchmark rate of 1.25% last month but hinted that more rate hikes are on the way. Inflation has crept closer to the BoC target of 2 percent, and the employment market remains tight. Still, the protectionist stance of the US administration remains a major headache for policymakers. President Trump has taken on China and the tit-for-tat tariff battle between the US and China have raised fears of a trade war which would be disastrous for Canada. As well, the Canadian government is in tough in negotiations over a new NAFTA agreement, with the US threatening to walk away if it isn’t given major concessions. Ideally, the bank would prefer to hold off on a rate hike until the NAFTA issue is resolved. At the same time, the Federal Reserve is expected to raise rates at least twice more in 2018, and if the BoC does not increase rates as well, the Canadian dollar could fall sharply against a US currency that would be more attractive to investors.

Oil prices and US Yields to dictate the pace this week

U.S Dollar Responds to Higher Yields

USD/CAD Fundamentals

 Monday (April 23)

  • 8:30 Canadian Wholesale Sales. Estimate 0.3%
  • 9:45 US Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 55.2
  • 9:45 US Flash Services PMI. Estimate 54.3
  • 10:00 US Existing Home Sales. Estimate 5.55M
  • 15:30 BoC Governor Stephen Poloz Speaks

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Monday, April 23, 2018

USD/CAD, April 23 at 5:30 DST

Open: 1.2766 High: 1.2789 Low: 1.2748 Close: 1.2796

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2496 1.2590 1.2687 1.2757 1.2850 1.2943

USD/CAD was flat in the Asian session and is showed limited movement in European trade. The pair has posted considerable gains in the North American session

  • 1.2687 has switched to support following gains by USD/CAD on Friday
  • 1.2557 is the next resistance line. It could be tested in the North American session
  • Current range: 1.2687 to 1.2757

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2687, 1.2590, 1.2496 and 1.2397
  • Above: 1.2757, 1.2850 and 1.2943

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

USD/CAD ratio continues to show limited movement this week. Currently, long positions have a majority (59%), indicative of USD/CAD reversing directions and heading to lower 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.