Canadian dollar slides as US yields jump

Volatility continues for Canadian dollar 

After ending 2o21 with strong gains, the Canadian dollar didn’t miss a beat and continued to show volatility on the first day of the New Year, this time posting sharp losses. In the North American session, USD/CAD is trading at 12761, up 0.95% on the day.

The US dollar is showing broad strength on Monday, courtesy of a surge in US Treasury yields. The 10-year notes rose 0.07% to 1.57%, while 30-year notes climbed 0.06% to 1.95%. Last week, the markets didn’t react to the massive upswing in Omicron cases, relying on reports that Omicron caused milder symptoms than other Covid variants. With risk appetite intact, USD/CAD fell by 1.3%. However, with the US breaking records of the number of cases, the mood of the market has shifted, with growing concerns about the ability of health services to cope with the spike in infections. Nervous investors have flocked back to the safe-haven US dollar and sent the Canadian dollar sharply lower. The Canadian dollar is sensitive to risk appetite, so the currency could continue to show sharp movement this week as the markets focus on Omicron headlines.

Looking at the week ahead, the US releases ISM Manufacturing PMI and JOLTS Jobs Openings on Tuesday, followed by the FOMC minutes on Wednesday. On Friday, both Canada and the US will release key employment reports, highlighted by US nonfarm payrolls for December. This will be the final NFP report before the Omicron wave, and the consensus is for a gain of 400 thousand new jobs, up from 210 thousand in November.

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USD/CAD Technical

    • USD/CAD has support at 1.2756. Below, there is support at 1.2615
    • There is resistance at 1.2987. Above, there is resistance at 1.3077

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including Investing.com, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
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