USD/CAD – Canadian dollar steady, U.S. jobless claims sparkles

USD/CAD has ticked higher in the Thursday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.3347, up 0.03% on the day. On the release front, there are no Canadian events for the remainder of the week. In the U.S., today’s key event was unemployment claims, which dropped to 199 thousand, beating expectations.

There was good news from the U.S. labor market, as unemployment claims dropped sharply, from 213 thousand to 199 thousand. This was the first time that the indicator dropped below the 200-thousand level since 1969. The four-week average, which is less volatile, dropped by 5.5 thousand to 215,000. The strong figures indicate that the employment picture remains bright, despite the ongoing U.S. government shutdown, which has resulted in the layoff of some 800,000 government workers.

With the global trade war showing no signs of easing, it is no surprise that growth forecasts for 2019 are heading south. On Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund lowered its global and eurozone growth forecasts. In October, the IMF projected global 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”.

As for Canada, the IMF downgrade was slight, from the October forecast of 2.0% to the current forecast of 1.9%. In December, the Bank of Canada also lowered its growth forecast, from 2.1% in October to 1.7%. The lower forecasts underscore the vulnerability of the Canadian economy to the U.S-China trade war and falling oil prices. The Canadian dollar has performed well in January, with gains of 2.1%, but there could be headwinds ahead for the Canadian dollar.

Aussie climbs as jobs data beats estimates

Euro area business growth close to stalling

USD/CAD Fundamentals

Thursday (January 24)

  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 219K. Actual 199K
  • 9:45 US Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 53.5
  • 9:45 US Flash Services PMI. Estimate 54.0
  • 10:00 US CB Leading Index. Estimate -0.1%
  • 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate -145B
  • 11:00 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -0.2M

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Thursday, January 24, 2019

USD/CAD, January 24 at 9:20 EST

Open: 1.3343 High: 1.3369 Low: 1.3329 Close: 1.3347

USD/CAD Technical

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

USD/CAD ticked lower in the Asian session but recovered. The pair has posted small gains in European trade

  • 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.