USD/CAD – Canadian dollar subdued ahead of Canadian, US job numbers

The Canadian dollar continues to show little movement. In the Friday session, USD/CAD is trading at 1.3134, up 0.01% on the day. On the release front, employment data is in the spotlight on both sides of the border. Nonfarm Payrolls are expected to drop to 195 thousand and wage growth is forecast to remain pegged at 0.3%. The unemployment rate is also expected to stay unchanged at a sizzling 3.8%. Canada is expected to add 20.4 thousand jobs, after two straight declines. The unemployment rate is expected to remain pegged at 5.8%. However, the markets are braced for the trade deficit to widen to C$2.2 billion.

The highly-anticipated FOMC minutes were somewhat dovish in tone, as policymakers gave a thumbs-up to the strong U.S economy, but expressed concern about developments abroad. These include growing trade tensions with U.S trading partners, as well as political and economic developments in Europe. The minutes also reiterated the Fed’s support for a “gradual” raise in interest rates. The markets are circling the September policy meeting for the next rate hike, with the CME Group setting the odds of a quarter-point hike at 79%. North of the border, the Bank of Canada meets on July 11 for a policy meeting, with the odds of a quarter-point hike now at 80%, up from 55% just last week. Canada will release key employment numbers later in the day, and a strong showing could cement a rate hike and boost the Canadian dollar.

The escalating tariff battle will be in focus on Friday, as U.S tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese products took effect earlier on Friday. This move on its own will have a marginal effect on trade, but investors are nervous that the Chinese will retaliate, and President Trump could fire back. Both the U.S and China have shown no signs of backing down, and Trump recently threatened to slap tariffs on some $500 billion in Chinese imports, underscoring that this tariff battle could easily deteriorate into an all-out trade war and trigger a global recession. There are also serious trade tensions between the U.S and Canada, so Canadian officials will be anxiously watching these developments. A full-blown trade war would be disastrous for the Canadian economy, which is heavily reliant on exports. If trade tensions continue to worsen, we can expect the Canadian dollar to face strong headwinds.

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USD/CAD Fundamentals

Friday (July 6)

  • 8:30 Canadian Employment Change. Estimate 20.4K
  • 8:30 Canadian Trade Balance. Estimate -2.2B
  • 8:30 Canadian Unemployment Rate. Estimate 5.8%
  • 8:30 US Average Hourly Earnings. Estimate 0.3%
  • 8:30 US Nonfarm Employment Change. 195K
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Rate. Estimate 3.8%
  • 8:30 US Trade Balance. Estimate -43.6B
  • 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 76B

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

 

USD/CAD for Friday, July 6, 2018

USD/CAD, July 6 at 5:10 DST

Open: 1.3133 High: 1.3151 Low: 1.3123 Close: 1.3134

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2831 1.2970 1.3067 1.3160 1.3292 1.3436

USD/CAD ticked higher the Asian session but has given up these gains in European trade

  • 1.3067 is providing support
  • 1.3160 is a weak resistance line
  • Current range: 1.3067 to 1.3160

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3067, 1.2970 and 1.2831
  • Above: 1.3160, 1.3292, 1.3436 and 1.3530

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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.