USD/CAD – Canadian dollar shrugs off soft retail sales reports

The Canadian dollar has posted small gains in the Wednesday session. In North American trade, USD/CAD is trading at 1.3019, down 0.16% on the day. In economic news, Canadian retail sales and core retail sales both posted declines, missing expectations. Later on, the U.S releases Existing Homes and the Federal Reserve will publish the minutes of the July policy meeting.

Canadian retail sales data for June was within expectations but nonetheless disappointed. Core Retail Sales declined 0.1%, after a strong 1.4% gain in May. This matched the estimate. Retail Sales dropped 0.2%, compared to a gain of 2.0% a month earlier. This missed the estimate of -0.1%.

All eyes are on the Federal Reserve, which publishes the minutes of its meeting from August 1. The Fed statement from that meeting described the economy as “strong”, the first time it used that term since 2006. Fed policymakers reiterated their commitment to raise interest rates gradually, as economic conditions remain strong. In the second quarter, GDP grew 4.1%, inflation has moved closer to the Fed’s target of 2%, and unemployment remains at record lows. The minutes are expected to underscore the Fed’s intent to raise rates twice more this year, in September and December. The Fed’s approach to rate hikes appears economically sound, but enter the undiplomatic President Trump, who has criticized the Fed, saying he was “not thrilled” with higher rates. Still, the Fed is widely expected to raise rates twice more this year, in September and December.

Central banks will be in market focus for the remainder of the week. On the heels of the release of the Fed minutes, the heads of the central bank will gather in picturesque Jackson Hole on Thursday. Investors will be keenly following, looking for hints regarding future monetary policy on the part of the ECB and the Federal Reserve. The U.S economy continues to show strong growth but inflation and wage growth continue to lag, and Fed chair Jerome Powell will be expected to address these issues.

Focus on Fed Minutes and Jackson Hole

 

USD/CAD Fundamentals

Wednesday (August 22)

  • 8:30 Canadian Core Retail Sales. Estimate -0.1%. Actual -0.1%
  • 8:30 Canadian Retail Sales. Estimate -0.1%. Actual -0.2%
  • 10:00 US Existing Home Sales. Estimate 5.44M
  • 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -1.6M
  • 14:00 US FOMC Meeting Minutes

Thursday (August 23)

  • 8:30 Canadian Corporate Profits
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims 215K
  • Day 1 – Jackson Hole Symposium

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Wednesday, August 22, 2018

USD/CAD, August 22 at 9:10 DST

Open: 1.3039 High: 1.3047 Low: 1.3007 Close: 1.3019

USD/CAD Technical

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

USD/CAD was flat for most of the Asian session. In European trade, the pair

  • 1.2970 is a support level
  • 1.3067 is the next resistance line
  • 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.