USD/CAD – Canadian dollar steady, U.S. markets off for MLK Day

USD/CAD has posted small gains in the Monday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.3298, up 0.23% on the day. There are no U.S. or Canadian events on the schedule, so traders can expect limited movement from the pair during the day. On Tuesday, Canada releases Manufacturing Sales for November, which has posted two declines in the past three months.

The Chinese economy continues to show signs of an economic slowdown. The world’s second largest economy continues to expand, but a downward trend has made investors nervous. On  Monday, China reported that GDP had slowed to 6.6% in 2018, marking its lowest level since 1990. GDP for the fourth quarter dipped to 6.4%, compared to 6.5% in the previous quarter. The soft GDP release comes on the heels of soft trade and manufacturing data, pointing to a slowdown due to the ongoing U.S-China trade war. The Trump administration has threatened further tariffs if a deal is not reached by March 1, but a second round of negotiations between the sides is scheduled for the end of the month in Washington. Chinese officials will be under pressure to show more flexibility in the talks, in order to stem the economic bleeding. Investor risk appetite has been strong in January, and that has been a major boost for the Canadian dollar, which has improved 2.5% this month and erased the December losses. However, if China continues to post soft data, investor confidence could nosedive and push the Canadian dollar lower.

The week ended on a positive note, as Canada’s headline inflation improved to 2.0% in December, on an annualized basis. This matches the BoC inflation target. Core inflation is at 1.9%, but weak wage growth continues to be a downside risk on inflation. After an aggressive 2018, the BoC is expected to remain on the sidelines and maintain interest rates in the first half of 2019, which could dampen enthusiasm towards the Canadian dollar.

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USD/CAD Fundamentals

Monday (January 21)

  • There are no U.S. or Canadian events

Tuesday (January 22)

  • 13:30 Canadian Manufacturing Sales. Estimate -0.1%

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Monday, January 21, 2019

USD/CAD, January 21 at 7:50 EST

Open: 1.3267 High: 1.3295 Low: 1.3250 Close: 1.3298

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.3125 1.3200 1.3290 1.3383 1.3561 1.3552

USD/CAD showed little movement in the Asian session and has posted small losses in European trade

  • 1.3290 has switched to a support role after gains by USD/CAD on Monday. It is a weak line and could see more action in the North American session
  • 1.3383 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.3290 to 1.3383

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.