USD/CAD – U.S dollar breaks above 1.33 as trade war fears weigh on loonie

The Canadian dollar is trading sideways in the Wednesday session. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.3292, up 0.04% on the day. On the release front, there are Canadian events on the schedule. The U.S releases Existing Home Sales, which is expected to rise to 5.52 million. On Thursday, Canada releases ADP Nonfarm Employment Change and Wholesale Sales. The U.S will publish manufacturing and employment reports.

The Canadian currency continues to struggle, and is down 2.9% since June 11. Earlier on Wednesday, USD/CAD broke above the 1.33 line for the first time since June 2017. Investors are nervous over the escalating trade war between the U.S and China, and lower risk appetite could spell bad news for the Canadian dollar. The most recent round of the trade spat between China and the U.S started on Friday, when the U.S announced a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion in Chinese goods. After China responded with an identical move on U.S. imports, President Trump has now threatened to impose 10 percent tariffs on some $200 billion in Chinese goods. Not surprisingly, China has threatened to retaliate to this latest move. Trump has vowed to take action on the $375 billion trade deficit that the U.S has with China, claiming that the latter is guilty of unfair trade practices. With the first of the U.S tariffs scheduled to take effect on July 6 and no signs that either side will blink first, the Canadian dollar could be sailing into nasty headwinds.

Canada is particularly vulnerable to protectionist moves south of the border, as some 80% of Canadian exports go to the United States. With President Trump making good on his threat to slap tariffs on his trading partners, the Canadian government is scrambling to protect the economy. Trump has said the U.S could impose tariffs of 25 percent on Canadian-built vehicles, which would be disastrous for the Canadian automotive sector, which is worth some C$80 billion to the economy every year. The Trudeau government has promised to help sectors hit with US tariffs, but bailing out the auto industry would cost billions. Canada may have to provide the U.S with more concessions in the NAFTA negotiations, in order to stave off tariffs against Canadian vehicles, which could have a disastrous effect on economic growth.

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USD/CAD Fundamentals

Wednesday (June 20)

  • 8:30 US Current Account. Estimate -129B
  • 9:30 ECB President Draghi Speaks
  • 9:30 Fed Chair Powell Speaks
  • 10:00 US Existing Home Sales. Estimate 5.55M
  • 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -2.6M

Thursday (June 21)

  • 8:30 Canadian ADP Nonfarm Employment Change
  • 8:30 Canadian Wholesale Sales. Estimate 0.5%
  • 8:30 US Philly Fed Manufacturing Index. Estimate 28.3
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 220K

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Wednesday, June 20, 2018

USD/CAD, June 20 at 7:20 DST

Open: 1.3286 High: 1.3311 Low: 1.3269 Close: 1.3292

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.3067 1.3160 1.3292 1.3436 1.3530 1.3637

USD/CAD showed little movement in the Asian session and has ticked higher in European trade

  • 1.3292 is under pressure in support. It could break in the North American session
  • 1.3436 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.3292 to 1.3436

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3292, 1.3160, 1.3067 and 1.2970
  • Above: 1.3436, 1.3530 and 1.3637

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
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