USD/CAD – Canadian dollar subdued as no progress on U.S-China trade war

The Canadian dollar has posted losses in the Monday session. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.3190, up 0.32% on the day. On the release front, it’s a quiet start to the week, with no Canadian indicators. The U.S. releases NAHB Housing Market Index, which is expected show little change. On Tuesday, the U.S. releases building permits and housing starts.

The simmering trade dispute between the U.S. and China shows no signs of being resolved anytime soon, which does not bode well for minor currencies like the Canadian dollar. An Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Papua New Guinea ended in discord on Sunday, with leaders unable to agree on a final communique. U.S Vice President Mike Pence, who headed the U.S. delegation, was blunt in his remarks, saying that China would have to drastically change its trade practices before the U.S. would remove current tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods.

In the U.S., consumer inflation and spending numbers were strong in October. On Thursday, the U.S released retail sales reports. 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. There was good news from the inflation front on Wednesday, as 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. The solid consumer data 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 69%, slightly lower compared to last week.

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USD/CAD Fundamentals

Monday (November 19)

  • 10:00 US NAHB Housing Market Index.Estimate 67
  • 10:45 US FOMC Member Williams Speaks

Tuesday (November 20)

  • 8:30 US Building Permits. Estimate 1.26M
  • 8:30 US Housing Starts. Estimate 1.23M

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Monday, November 19, 2018

USD/CAD, November 19 at 9:00 EST

Open: 1.3149 High: 1.3196 Low: 1.3142 Close: 1.3196

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2831 1.2970 1.3099 1.3198 1.3292 1.3383

USD/CAD posted small gains in the Asian and European sessions. The pair has followed this trend in North American trade

  • 1.3099 is providing support
  • 1.3198 is a weak resistance line
  • Current range: 1.3099 to 1.3198

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3099, 1.2970 and 1.2831
  • Above: 1.3198, 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.