USD/CAD – Canadian dollar edges higher on soft U.S. inflation

The Canadian dollar continues to have a quiet week. In Tuesday’s North American session, the pair is trading at 1.3244, down 0.31% on the day. On the release front, there no Canadian events until Thursday. In the U.S., inflation indicators missed their estimates. PPI declined by 0.2%, missing the forecast of -0.1%. This was the weakest reading since July 2016. Core PPI dropped by 0.1%, shy of the estimate of 0.2%. There was no relief from the manufacturing sector, as the Empire State Manufacturing Index plunged to 3.9 points, down from 10.9 points a month earlier, and short of the estimate of 11.6 points.

After a dismal 2018, the Canadian dollar has sparkled in January, gaining 2.7% since the start of the year. Risk appetite has improved, which has been a catalyst for the currency’s impressive rally. However, there could be trouble ahead, as China continues to show signs of an economic slowdown. On Monday, China released dismal economic numbers, with exports down 4.4 percent from a year earlier and imports plunging 7.6 percent. The slowdown in China has taken a toll on corporate profits, with Apple and Jaguar Land Rover posting revenue warnings.

The Federal Reserve has made a U-turn on monetary policy, but by how much? There is a large discrepancy between Fed forecasts and market expectations, which could result in volatility in the currency markets, as traders try to figure out what the Fed will do in 2019. The most recent projections from individual policymakers in the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) stands at two rate hikes this year, but the markets are expecting the Fed to hold pat and not raise rates in 2019. Moreover, the markets have priced in a rate cut before the end of the year at 28 percent. On Monday, former Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that she expected the Fed to take a breather, saying that it’s ‘very possible’ that the Fed has made its last hike of this cycle.

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USD/CAD Fundamentals

Tuesday (January 15)

  • 8:30 US PPI. Estimate -0.1%. Actual -0.2%.
  • 8:30 US Core PPI. Estimate 0.2%. Actual -0.1%
  • 8:30 US Empire State Manufacturing Index. Estimate 11.6. Actual 3.9
  • 10:00 US IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism. Actual 53.1
  • 13:00 US FOMC Member George Speaks

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Tuesday, January 15, 2019

USD/CAD, January 15 at 9:15 EST

Open: 1.3283 High: 1.3284 Low: 1.3244 Close: 1.3244

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.3049 1.3125 1.3200 1.3290 1.3383 1.3461

USD/CAD was generally flat in the Asian session and European sessions. The pair has posted slight losses in North American trade

  • 1.3200 is providing support
  • 1.3290 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.3200 to 1.3290

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3200, 1.3125 and 1.3049
  • Above: 1.3290, 1.3383, 1.3461 and 1.3552

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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.