USD/CAD – Canadian dollar edges higher, BoC decision looms

The Canadian dollar has edged higher in the Tuesday session, after sharp gains at the start of the week. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.3179, down 0.14% on the day. On the release front, the sole event in Canadian Labor Productivity, which is expected to drop to 0.4%. On Wednesday, the Bank of Canada is expected to maintain the benchmark rate at 1.75%.

The Canadian dollar started the week with sharp gains, after the U.S. and China agreed to a truce in the tariff war. Investors gave a thumbs-up to a crucial meeting at the G-20 summit between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two leaders agreed to suspend any further tariff moves until March 1. Trump had threatened to raise tariffs on all Chinese products from 10 percent to 25 percent on December 1, and news of the suspension between the world’s two largest economies triggered sharp rises in the equity markets and boosted trade-dependent currencies, including the Canadian dollar. However, the optimism over the reprieve has proven to short-lived, as Asian and European stock markets are lower on Tuesday. Will the Canadian dollar follow suit? China and the U.S. remain far apart on a number of issues, including repeated charges by the U.S. that China is engaged in theft of U.S. intellectual property. The markets have been very sensitive to the trade dispute, and the upcoming negotiations between the U.S. and China, with the likely ups-and-downs, will likely have a significant effect on the fortunes of the Canadian dollar.

Just a few weeks ago, there was a strong likelihood that Bank of Canada would raise interest rates for a fourth time this year at the Wednesday policy meeting. However, the ongoing global trade war has taken a bite out of Canadian exports, and a more dovish Fed has lessened the pressure on the BoC to continue raising rates. There are other factors which lean against raising rates at the Wednesday meeting. The most recent GDP release disappointed with a 0.2% decline, the first month the economy has contracted since January. As well, falling oil prices have dampened inflation expectations.

Post G-20 binary trading events pretty much as scripted

Commodities Weekly: Commodities rise after G-20 meeting

Sterling rises on get out of jail card

USD/CAD Fundamentals

Tuesday (December 4)

  • 8:30 Canadian Labor Productivity. Estimate 0.4%

Wednesday (December 5)

  • 10:00 BoC Rate Statement
  • 10:00 BoC Overnight Rate. Estimate 1.75%

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Tuesday, December 4, 2018

USD/CAD, December 5 at 8:20 EST

Open: 1.3197 High: 1.3202 Low: 1.3164 Close: 1.3178

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2888 1.2970 1.3099 1.3198 1.3292 1.3383

USD/CAD posted considerable losses in the Asian session and has posted small losses in European trade

  • 1.3099 is providing support
  • 1.3198 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.3099 to 1.3198

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3099, 1.2970 and 1.2888
  • 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.