USD/CAD – Canadian dollar lower, investors braced for weak Canadian data

USD/CAD continues to move higher this week, and has posted considerable gains on Wednesday. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.3180, up 0.41% on the day. On the release front, Canada releases data for the first time this week. Building Permits is expected to slip 0.9%, while Ivey PMI is projected to slow to 56.4 points. With no major events out of the U.S., the markets will be focusing on Federal Reserve Chair Powell, who will speak at an event in Washington. On Thursday, the key event is U.S. unemployment claims.

The markets didn’t show much reaction to President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. The speech was almost cancelled to the recent government shutdown, and the President spoke of the possibility of another shutdown if his demands for funding for a border wall were not met. Trump spoke of the U.S-China trade war, reiterating that the U.S. would demand “real structural change” from China before a trade deal could be reached. American policymakers have long demanded that China desist from intellectual theft against U.S. companies, and with China experiencing a slowdown, the Chinese may have to make concessions or face further tariffs in March. A third round of negotiations between the sides is scheduled for this month, raising hopes that the U.S. will not impose further tariffs on China in early March. Trump also announced that he will meet North Korean leader Kim in late February, an event which could bolster risk appetite and boost the Canadian currency.

With the Canadian economy showing signs of a slowdown, the mood of consumers remains fragile. Low oil prices and a weaker global economy have lowered demand for Canadian exports and weighed on inflation and wage levels. Consumer confidence is a strong barometer of the economy’s health, and if weaker consumer sentiment translates into decreased consumer spending, the economy could falter and drag down the Canadian dollar. Meanwhile, the Bank of Canada appears to have taken page out of the Federal Reserve’s playbook, and is expected to ease monetary policy this year after aggressively raising rates in 2018.

Quiet midweek eyed ahead of May’s Brussels visit

Dollar drives higher

USD/CAD Fundamentals

Wednesday (February 6)

  • 8:30 Canadian Building Permits. Estimate -0.9%
  • 8:30 US Preliminary Nonfarm Productivity. Estimate 1.7%
  • 8:30 US Preliminary Unit Labor Costs. Estimate 1.7%
  • 8:30 US Trade Balance. Estimate -54.0B
  • 8:35 BoC Deputy Governor Timothy Lane Speaks
  • 10:00 Canadian Ivey PMI. Estimate 56.4
  • 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 1.3M
  • 13:01 US 10-year Bond Auction
  • 18:05 US FOMC Member Quarles Speaks
  • 19:00 Fed Chair Powell Speaks

Thursday (February 7)

  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 220K

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Wednesday, February 6, 2019

USD/CAD, February 6 at 8:35 EST

Open: 1.3126 High: 1.3208 Low: 1.3125 Close: 1.3180

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2955 1.3049 1.3125 1.3200 1.3290 1.3383

USD/CAD posted small gains in the Asian session and continues to move higher in European trade

  • 1.3125 is providing support
  • 1.3200 was tested earlier in resistance. This line could break during the North American session
  • Current range: 1.3125 to 1.3200

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3125, 1.3049, 1.2955 and 1.2844
  • Above: 1.3200, 1.3290 and 1.3383

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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.