USD/CAD – Canadian dollar hits 6-week high as US oil inventories slump

The Canadian dollar has posted slight gains in the Thursday session. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.3054, up 0.06% on the day. On the release front, there are no Canadian indicators for the remainder of the week. In the U.S, the focus is on durable goods orders. Core durable goods orders is expected to climb to 0.5% and the durable goods orders is forecast to jump to 3.0%. Both indicators recorded declines in the previous release. On Friday, the U.S releases Advance GDP and UoM Consumer Sentiment.

Canadian policymakers are keeping a close eye on Wednesday’s breakthrough in the EU-U.S trade war. On Wednesday, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juckner met with President Trump, and the talks appear to have been more successful than expected. The parties agreed to hold off on any further tariffs while talks are ongoing. This is a major concession from Trump, who had threatened to impose tariffs on European car imports. U.S tariffs on European aluminum and steel will remain in place, but Juckner pointed out that the U.S has agreed to reassess these measures. The surprise agreement eases fears of a full-blown transatlantic trade war. Will the goodwill displayed by Trump extend into some kind of agreement with Canada as well?

The Canadian dollar posted strong gains on Wednesday, following an Energy Information Administration report showed a huge decline of 6.1 million in U.S crude inventories. This is the second decline in three months, and was much higher than the estimate of 2.6 million. Tensions between Iran and the U.S have also raised concerns about oil supplies, and higher crude prices have boosted the Canadian dollar.

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USD/CAD Fundamentals

Thursday (July 26)

  • 8:30 US Core Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 0.5%
  • 8:30 US Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 3.0%
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 215K
  • 8:30 US Goods Trade Balance. Estimate -67.0B. Actual -68.3B
  • 8:30 US Preliminary Wholesale Inventories.  Estimate 0.5%. Estimate 0.0%
  • 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 39B

Friday (July 27)

  • 8:30 US Advance GDP. Estimate 4.1%
  • 10:00 US Revised UoM Consumer Sentiment. Estimate 97.1

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Thursday, July 26, 2018

USD/CAD, July 26 at 8:05 DST

Open: 1.3046 High: 1.3061 Low: 1.3025 Close: 1.3054

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2733 12831 1.2970 1.3067 1.3160 1.3292

USD/CAD inched higher in the Asian session. In European trade, the pair edged lower but has recovered

  • 1.2970 is providing support
  • 1.3067 is a weak line of resistance
  • Current range: 1.2970 to 1.3067

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2970, 1.2831 and 1.2733
  • Above: 1.3067, 1.3160, 1.3292 and 1.3436

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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.