The Canadian dollar is trading sideways in the Wednesday session. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.2957, up 0.04% on the day. On the release front, there are no Canadian events. In the U.S, the focus is on the Federal Reserve, which is virtually certain to raise the benchmark rate to a range between 2.00% and 2.25%. On Thursday, the U.S will publish Final GDP and durable goods orders.
On Friday, Canadian CPI dipped from 3.0% to 2.8% in August, posting a rare decline. Still, inflation remains well above the BoC target of 2.0%. The markets are leaning heavily towards a rate hike in October, which would raise the benchmark rate to 1.75%. BoC Governor Stephen Poloz will deliver a speech and hold a press conference, and investors will be looking for hints regarding monetary policy. With the U.S poised to raise rates on Wednesday and another rate hike likely in December, the BoC will be under pressure to follow the Fed’s lead and raise rates at least one more time this year.
All eyes are on the Federal Reserve, which is widely expected to raise rates by 25 basis points at the conclusion of its policy meeting on Wednesday. What will be the tone of the rate statement? The U.S economy is in excellent shape, with GDP for Q2 expected at 4.2%, and unemployment hovering below 4 percent. However, the escalating global trade war has raised concerns that it could cool down global economic growth and hurt the U.S economy as well. Still, another rate hike in December is pegged at 78% according to the CME, and some experts are predicting up to four rate hikes in 2019.
Wednesday (September 26)
- 10:00 US New Home Sales. Estimate 630K
- 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Actual -0.7M
- 14:00 US FOMC Economic Projections
- 14:00 US FOMC Statement
- 14:00 US Federal Funds Rate. Estimate <2.25%
- 14:30 FOMC Press Conference
Thursday (September 27)
- 8:30 US Core Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 0.4%
- 8:30 US Final GDP. Estimate 4.2%
- 8:30 US Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 1.9%
- 16:30 US Fed Chair Powell Speaks
- 17:45 BoC Stephen Poloz Speaks
*All release times are DST
*Key events are in bold
USD/CAD for Wednesday, September 26, 2018
USD/CAD, September 26 at 7:25 DST
Open: 1.2953 High: 1.2964 Low: 1.2945 Close: 1.2957
USD/CAD ticked higher in the Asian session but retracted. This trend has repeated itself in European trade
- 1.2830 is providing support
- 1.2970 remains a weak resistance line
- Current range: 1.2830 to 1.2970
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.2830, 1.2666 and 1.2515
- Above: 1.2970, 1.3067, 1.3160 and 1.3292
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