USD/CAD – Canadian dollar dips to 2-week low as risk appetite softens

USD/CAD has edged higher in the Tuesday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.3328, up 0.24% on the day and at its highest level since January 7. On the release front, Canada publishes Manufacturing Sales, which has posted two declines in the past three months. The estimate for the November release is -0.8%. In the U.S., the sole indicator is Existing Homes, which is expected to drop to 5.27 million. On Wednesday, Canada releases retail sales reports.

There was pessimistic news from the well-respected International Monetary Fund on Monday. The IMF revised downwards its global growth forecast. In October, the IMF projected growth of 3.7% percent, but this has been revised to 3.5 percent. IMF head Christine Lagarde said that the world’s economy continues to expand, but “it is facing significantly higher risks”. Canadian growth was also revised lower, to 1.9% down from 2.0% in October. Earlier in January, the BoC  lowered its growth forecast for the economy, from 2.1% in October down to 1.7%. With the Canadian economy vulnerable to global trade tensions and lower oil prices, the Canadian dollar could hit some headwinds in early 2019.

Investors were greeted with weak data on Monday, as China released GDP numbers. The world’s second largest economy continues to expand, but GDP has been softening, pointing to an economic slowdown. 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. A decline in China could send the Japanese economy into recession, as the export and manufacturing sectors are heavily dependent on Chinese demand.

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.

Appetite for market risk is very low

Profit taking seen in light trading

USD/CAD Fundamentals

Tuesday (January 22)

  • 8:30 Canadian Manufacturing Sales. Estimate -0.1%
  • 8:30 Canadian Wholesale Sales. Estimate -0.3%
  • 10:00 US Existing Home Sales

Wednesday (January 23)

  • 8:30 Canadian Core Retail Sales
  • 8:30 Canadian Retail Sales

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Tuesday, January 22, 2019

USD/CAD, January 22 at 6:55 EST

Open: 1.3296 High: 1.3343 Low: 1.3293 Close: 1.3328

USD/CAD Technical

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

USD/CAD has posted small gains in the Asian and European sessions

  • 1.3290 is providing weak support
  • 1.3383 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.3290 to 1.3383

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3290, 1.3200, 1.3125 and 1.3049
  • Above: 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.