The Canadian dollar has ticked lower in the Thursday session. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.3368, up 0.10% on the day. On the release front, Canada’s New Housing Price Index remained flat for a third straight month, matching the forecast. In the U.S, unemployment claims dropped sharply to 206 thousand, well below the estimate of 226 thousand. On Friday, the U.S. releases retail sales reports.
U.S. inflation was flat in November, dropping from 0.3 percent a month earlier. This marked the lowest level since May. Core CPI remained pegged at 0.2 percent. The weak readings can be attributed to falling oil prices, which has led to a sharp decline in gasoline prices. On an annualized basis, inflation gained 2.2 percent in November, down from 2.5 percent in October. With the U.S. economy showing signs of slowing down, and the global trade war taking a bite out of the global economy, inflation could continue to head lower as we head into 2019.
The Bank of Canada remains in caution mode, even after strong employment numbers last week. The economy created over 94 thousand jobs, crushing the estimate of 10.1 thousand. As well, the unemployment rate dropped from 5.8 percent to 5.6 percent. However, all is not well with the economy, as GDP declined 0.1% in September, the second decline this year. The bank held interest rates at its policy meeting last week and is expected to do so again in January.
Thursday (December 13)
- 8:30 Canadian NHPI. Estimate 0.0%. Actual 0.0%
- 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 226K. Actual 206K
- 8:30 US Import Prices. Estimate -1.0%. Actual -1.6%
- 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate -81B
- 13:01 US 30-year Bond Auction
- 14:00 US Federal Budget Balance. Estimate -193.5B
Friday (December 14)
- 8:30 US Core Retail Sales. Estimate 0.2%
- 8:30 US Retail Sales. Estimate 0.1%
*All release times are EST
*Key events are in bold
USD/CAD for Thursday, December 13, 2018
USD/CAD, December 13 at 10:10 EST
Open: 1.3351 High: 1.3385 Low: 1.3344 Close: 1.3368
USD/CAD was flat in the Asian session and has ticked higher in European trade. The pair is steady in North American trade
- 1.3292 is providing support
- 1.3382 is a weak resistance line
- Current range: 1.3292 to 1.3382
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.3292, 1.3198 and 1.3099
- Above: 1.3382, 1.3461, 1.3552 and 1.3696
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