USD/CAD – Canadian dollar lower after hawkish Fed minutes

The Canadian dollar has ticked lower in the Thursday session, after recording considerable losses on Wednesday. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.3044, up 0.15% on the day. On the release front, Philly Fed Manufacturing Index is expected to dip to 19.4 points, while unemployment claims are forecast to drop to 211 thousand. Canada will release ADP payrolls. On Friday, Canadian consumer indicators will be in the spotlight, with the release of CPI and Core Retail Sales.

The U.S dollar is broadly higher on Thursday, after a hawkish tone from the Federal Reserve minutes. The minutes indicated that a majority of members want to continue raising interest rates until the U.S economy shows signs of slowing down. However, the duration of a tighter policy remains unclear, as the minutes noted that “there is considerable uncertainty surrounding all estimates of the neutral federal funds rate.” This would likely be around the 3 percent level, which will not be reached until the second half of 2019, as the Fed has indicated it will raise rates three times next year. At the September meeting, the Fed removed the phrase “the stance of monetary policy remains accommodative”, which was considered outdated, given the policy of steady rate hikes. As rates approach the “neutral rate”, we could see further changes in language at upcoming policy meetings.

The Bank of Canada is widely expected to raise rates by 25 basis points at next week’s policy meeting. The BoC business survey showed strong optimism in the business sector. The poll found that businesses expect higher sales for both domestic and foreign customers. As well, companies reported increased investment and hiring. With the economy performing fairly well, the BoC has room to raise interest rates and keep pace with the Federal Reserve, which raised rates in September.

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USD/CAD Fundamentals

Thursday (October 18)

  • 8:30 Canadian ADP Nonfarm Employment Change
  • 8:30 US Philly Fed Manufacturing Index. Estimate 19.7
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 211K
  • 10:00 US CB Leading Index. Estimate 0.5%
  • 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 85B
  • 12:15 US FOMC Member Randal Quarles Speaks

Friday (October 19)

  • 8:30 Canadian CPI. Estimate 0.0%
  • 8:30 Canadian Core Retail Sales. Estimate 0.1%
  • 10:00 US Existing Home Sales. Estimate 5.29M

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold


USD/CAD for Thursday, October 18, 2018

USD/CAD, October 18 at 8:15 DST

Open: 1.3024 High: 1.3056 Low: 13019 Close: 1.3044


USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2733 12831 1.2970 1.3067 1.3198 1.3292

USD/CAD posted small gains in the Asian session. In European trade, the pair ticked higher but has given up these gains

  • 1.2970 is providing support
  • 1.3067 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.2970 to 1.3067

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2970, 1.2831, 1.2733 and 1.2649
  • Above: 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.