USD/CAD – Canadian dollar edges lower as Ivey PMI sinks

The Canadian dollar has posted losses in the Thursday session. In the North American session, USD/CAD is trading at 1.2875, up 0.06% on the day. On the release front, Canada’s Ivey PMI dropped sharply to 50.4, well off the estimate of 62.3 points. In the U.S, unemployment claims dropped to 207 thousand, below the estimate of 214 thousand. On Friday, employment data will be in the spotlight on both sides of the border. Canadian employment change is expected to rebound with a strong gain of 25.0 thousand. In the U.S, we’ll get a look at wage growth and official nonfarm payrolls.

U.S employment numbers kicked off on a high note, as ADP nonfarm payrolls jumped 230 thousand in September. This marked the strongest increase in private sector jobs since March. The red-hot labor market will have to ease sometime, and the markets are braced for some soft numbers on Friday. Wage growth is expected to drop from 0.4% to 0.3%, while nonfarm payrolls is forecast to fall from 201 thousand to 185 thousand. Traders should be prepared for some movement in the currency markets during Friday’s North American session.

After months of intense negotiations, Canadian and U.S officials have finally hammered out a trade deal, which paves the way for a new trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States. The NAFTA agreement, which was a pillar of the Canadian economy for 24 years, gives way to the USMCA – the U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Canada and the U.S both offered concessions in order to reach a deal. Canada’s auto sector, which is highly dependent on cross-border movement, will be shielded from U.S tariffs. In return, U.S farmers will be granted increased access to Canada’s dairy market, which has been highly protected. The new agreement is expected to be signed in November and must then be ratified by the legislature of all three countries. This means that the provisions of the USMCA are not expected to go into effect before 2020. The agreement boosted the Canadian dollar, which has shown strong gains of late – the currency has jumped 2.4% since mid-September.

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USD/CAD Fundamentals

Thursday (October 4)

  • 7:30 US Challenger Job Cuts. Actual 70.9%
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 214K. Actual 207K
  • 8:30 Canadian Ivey PMI. Estimate 62.3. Actual 50.4
  • 9:15 US FOMC Member Randal Quarles Speaks
  • 10:00 US Factory Orders. Estimate 2.2%. Actual 2.3%

Friday (October 5)

  • 8:30 Canadian Employment Change. Estimate 25.0K
  • 8:30 Canadian Unemployment Rate. Estimate 5.9%
  • 8:30 Canadian Trade Balance. Estimate -0.5B
  • 8:30 US Average Hourly Earnings. Estimate 0.3%
  • 8:30 US Nonfarm Employment Change 185K
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Rate. Estimate 3.8%

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold


USD/CAD for Thursday, October 4, 2018

USD/CAD, October 4 at 8:05 DST

Open: 1.2867 High: 1.2887 Low: 1.2863 Close: 1.2875

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2649 12733 1.2831 1.2970 1.3067 1.3198

USD/CAD edged higher in the Asian session but has retracted in European trade

  • 1.2831 is providing weak support
  • 1.2970 was tested earlier in resistance. It is a weak line
  • Current range: 1.2831 to 1.2970

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2831, 1.2733 and 1.2649
  • Above: 1.2970, 1.3067, 1.3198 and 1.3292

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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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