USD/CAD – Canadian dollar edges higher, U.S. GDP matches estimate

USD/CAD has dipped lower on Thursday, easing the losses seen on Wednesday. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.3495, down 0.18% on the day. On the release front, Canada’s current account deficit narrowed to C$17.3 billion, lower than the forecast of C$18.1 billion. In the U.S., Preliminary GDP came in at 3.1%, matching the forecast. Unemployment claims rose to 215 thousand, just shy of the estimate of 216 thousand. Friday will be busy on both sides the border, so traders should be prepared for some movement from USD/CAD. Canada releases its monthly GDP report, while the U.S. releases inflation and consumer spending data.

As expected, the Bank of Canada maintained the benchmark rate at 1.75% on Wednesday. The rate has been pegged at this level since October, and rate-setters have sounded neutral as which way the next move might go. However, the rate statement was positive in tone, which has raised speculation that the bank could raise rates later in the year. Bank members reiterated their view that the economic slowdown which was felt in early 2019 was temporary. At the same time, members acknowledged the vulnerability of the economy to global developments, stating that global trade risks were “heightening uncertainty” over the country’s economic outlook.

Which way is the Canadian dollar headed?  There are factors which could support a move in either direction. The labor market has improved, and created a record number of jobs in April. Consumer spending, a key driver of economic growth, also remains strong. On the negative side, trade tensions between the U.S. and China have soared, which has hurt risk appetite towards minor currencies like the Canadian dollar. As well, oil prices have fallen, which has weighed on the Canadian currency.

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USD/CAD Fundamentals

Thursday (May 30)

  • 8:30 Canadian Current Account. Estimate -18.1B. Actual -17.3B
  • 8:30 US Preliminary GDP. Estimate 3.1%. Actual 3.1%
  • 8:30 US Goods Trade Balance. Estimate -72.0B. Actual -72.1B
  • 8:30 US Preliminary GDP Price Index. Estimate 0.9%. Actual  0.8%
  • 8:30 US Preliminary Wholesale Inventories. Estimate 0.2%. Actual 0.7%
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 216K. Actual 215K
  • 10:00 US Pending Home Sales. Estimate 0.9%
  • 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 98B
  • 11:00 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -0.9M
  • 12:00 US FOMC Member Clarida Speaks

Friday (May 31)

  • 8:30 Canadian GDP
  • 8:30 Canadian RMPI
  • 8:30 US Core PCE Price Index. Estimate 0.2%
  • 8:30 US Personal Spending. Estimate 0.2%
  • 9:45 US Chicago PMI. Estimate 55.1
  • 10:00 US Revised UoM Consumer Sentiment. Estimate 102.0

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Thursday, May 30, 2019

USD/CAD, May 30 at 8:55 DST

Open: 1.3520 High: 1.3521 Low: 1.3487 Close: 1.3495

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.3290 1.3383 1.3445 1.3552 1.3662 1.3771

USD/CAD showed little movement in the Asian session and edged lower in European trade. The pair is unchanged early in North American trade

  • 1.3445 is providing support
  • 1.3552 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.3445 to 1.3552

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3445, 1.3383, 1.3290 and 1.3200
  • Above: 1.3552, 1.3662 and 1.3771

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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.