USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Gains Ground on Strong Manufacturing Report

The Canadian dollar has rebounded on Wednesday, after three straight winning sessions. In the North American session, USD/CAD is trading at 1.2819, down 0.45% on the day. On the release front, Canadian Manufacturing Production dropped to 1.4%, but still beat the estimate of 1.1%. In the US, construction numbers were mixed. Building Permits remained steady at 1.35 million, matching the forecast. Housing Starts dropped to 1.29 million, short of the estimate of 1.32 million.

In the U.S, retail sales reports were shy of the estimates in April, but investors preferred to focus on the positive, noting that both retail sales and core retail sales posted gains, as consumer spending is improving after a sluggish first quarter. A new concern is higher gas prices, which could put a dent in consumers’ wallets and hurt spending. Oil prices have hit their highest levels in over 3 years, and with the US leaving the Iran nuclear deal and escalating tensions in the Middle East, gasoline prices could remain at high levels.

The Trump administration is offering Canada a carrot (or is it more of a stick?) in the NAFTA negotiations. At the end of April, Trump gave both Canada and Mexico another 30-day exemption on steel and aluminum tariffs, lasting until June 1. Earlier in the week, U.S Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that further extensions could be granted, depending on the progress made in the NAFTA talks. Ottawa has demanded “full and permanent” exemptions from the tariffs, but may have to cough up more concessions in the NAFTA talks in order to convince Washington to exempt Canadian steel and aluminum imports from tariffs.

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USD/CAD Fundamentals

Wednesday (May 16)

  • 8:30 Canadian Manufacturing Sales. Estimate 1.1%. Actual 1.4%
  • 8:30 US Building Permits. Estimate 1.35M. Actual 1.35M
  • 8:30 US FOMC Member Raphael Bostic Speaks
  • 8:30 US Housing Starts. Estimate 1.32M. Actual 1.29M
  • 9:15 US Capacity Utilization Rate. Estimate 78.4%. Actual 78.0%
  • 9:15 US Industrial Production. Estimate 0.6%. Actual 0.7%
  • 10:00 US Mortgage Delinquencies
  • 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -1.1M

Thursday (May 17)

  • 8:30 Canadian Foreign Securities Purchases
  • 8:30 US Philly Fed Manufacturing Index. Estimate 21.1
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 219K

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Wednesday, May 16, 2018

USD/CAD, May 16 at 9:40 DST

Open: 1.2878 High: 1.2877 Low: 1.2813 Close: 1.2818

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2527 1.2687 1.2757 1.2850 1.2943 1.3015

USD/CAD showed limited movement in the Asian and European sessions. The pair has edged lower in North American trade

  • 1.2757 is providing support
  • 1.2850 has switched to a resistance role after losses by USD/CAD
  • Current range: 1.2757 to 1.2850

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2757, 1.2687 and 1.2527
  • Above: 1.2850, 1.2943, 1.3015 and 1.3125

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

USD/CAD ratio is almost unchanged in the Wednesday session. Currently, short positions have a majority (54%), indicative of trader bias towards USD/CAD continuing to move downwards.

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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.