USD/CAD – Canadian dollar drifting, U.S retail sales jump

The Canadian dollar is showing limited movement in the Thursday session. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.3229, down 0.10% on the day. On the release front, it’s a busy day in the United States. Retail sales rebounded with a strong gain of 0.7% in October, after a decline of -0.1% a month earlier. Core retail sales jumped 0.8%, after a gain of 0.1% in September. Elsewhere, the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index fell sharply to 12.9, shy of the estimate of 20.1 points. Unemployment claims edged higher to 216 thousand, above the estimate of 213 thousand. This was the highest reading since August. Canadian ADP nonfarm employment change came in at -23.0 thousand, its first decline since July. On Friday, Canada releases Manufacturing Sales.

On Wednesday, U.S consumer inflation numbers beat their estimates for October. The consumer price index posted a gain of 0.3%, its strongest gain since January. Core CPI, which excludes food and energy prices edged higher to 0.2%, marking a 3-month high. Both releases were in line with forecasts. Core CPI was 2.1% higher than a year ago, and this solid release means that the Fed remains on track to continue raising interest rates. The Federal Reserve holds its next policy meeting in December, with the odds of a December rate hike at 72%, according to the CME Group.

The Canadian dollar continues to struggle in November. Earlier in the month, USD/CAD touched a high of 1.3264, its highest level since July. The currency tends to lose ground when risk appetite is low, and trouble spots such as U.S-China relations, Brexit and the Italian budget crisis have unnerved global equity markets. A hawkish Federal Reserve has also led to investors snapping up U.S. dollars. With the U.S. economy firing on all cylinders and the Fed expected to continue its stance of gradual rate increases, the Canadian dollar could continue to face headwinds in November.

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USD/CAD Fundamentals

Thursday (November 15)

  • 8:30 Canadian ADP Nonfarm Employment
  • 8:30 US Core Retail Sales. Estimate 0.5%
  • 8:30 US Retail Sales. Estimate 0.6%
  • 8:30 US Philly Fed Manufacturing Index. Estimate 20.1
  • 8:30 US Empire State Manufacturing Index. Estimate 19.9
  • 8:30 US Import Prices. Estimate 0.1%
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 216K
  • 10:00 US FOMC Member Quarles Speaks
  • 10:00 US Business Inventories. Estimate 0.3%
  • 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 35B
  • 11:00 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 2.9M
  • 11:30 US Fed Chair Powell Speaks
  • 13:00 US FOMC Member Bostic Speaks

Friday (November 16)

  • 8:30 Canadian Manufacturing Sales. Estimate 0.1%

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Thursday, November 15, 2018

USD/CAD, November 15 at 8:10 EST

Open: 1.3242 High: 1.3250 Low: 1.3210 Close: 1.3229

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2970 13099 1.3198 1.3292 1.3383 1.3461

USD/CAD ticked higher in the Asian session but then retracted. The pair showed little movement in the European session and is unchanged in the North American session

  • 1.3198 is providing support
  • 1.3292 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.3198 to 1.3292

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3198, 1.3099, 1.2970 and 1.2831
  • Above: 1.3292, 1.3383 and 1.3461

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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.